Learning Disability Life Skills Employment Service

Age criteria: 16+

Eligibility Criteria: Receiving support from Southampton City Council’s Learning Disability Team

Referral via: Email [email protected]

The Life Skills service commissioned by Southampton City Council provides support to adults with learning disabilities who want to explore paid employment, further education and voluntary work. We also support individuals to increase their independence skills, including travelling independently and community or leisure access.

Depending on the individual needs of the person the Life Skills team offer tailored support to increase confidence and independence, including help to access training and education, employer engagement to set up work experience or employment opportunities, CV creation and interview preparation, one-to-one support including job coaching and travel training, keeping safe awareness and money skills.

Employability Training

Who is Employability Training for?

The Employment Support Team’s Employability Training is for anyone aged 19 and over and claiming a work related benefit (for example ESA, JSA, Universal Credit) who is looking to gain or improve their knowledge of employability to support them into work.

What can Employability Training offer?

This free 3 day course aims to:

  • Improve learners’ confidence and motivation
  • Support learners with CV writing
  • Teach job application tips and tricks
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Help learners plan their move into paid work

Training takes place regularly at venues across Southampton. There is also a free lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

How can I refer?

For more information about upcoming courses , please call the Employment Support Team on 023 8091 7585. Learners will need to fill in an Enrolment Form and an Individual Learning Plan (our tutors can meet learners or they can drop into a work club). If you would like to sign up/refer someone to an Employability Training course, please contact Francesca Prior for more information ([email protected] or 07811 165129 ).

What happens next?

Once the learner has been signed up, they will be expected to attend the three days of the course for a total of 15 hours of learning. After completing the course, learners can book a 1:1 session with the tutor to plan their next steps and be signposted to appropriate ongoing support.

What happens in the first meeting?

On the first day of the course, learners are given an induction telling them about health and safety and more details about what the course will cover. There is then an icebreaker activity to help learners get to know each other. The course runs from 9.30am until 2.30pm for all three days.