Southampton City Council and its partners launch the Young Adults Employment Hub

The Hub was launched at an online event designed to engage and inspire the young people invited.

Southampton’s brand-new Young Adults Employment Hub was launched yesterday, embodying an innovative approach to supporting young adults whose job prospects have been hit hard by the pandemic. Nationally, we have seen an increase in youth unemployment; dedicated youth hubs across the country are leading the way in supporting young people to achieve their employment goals despite these unforeseen challenges.

Young Adults Employment Hub - Southampton’s Young Adults Employment Hub is a coordinated one-stop-shop providing both physical and online support for those aged 16-24 and unemployed. It is delivered in partnership by Southampton City Council, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and No Limits. 

The Young Adults Employment Hub offers a more integrated person-centred approach to advising and supporting young people around a range of issues such as housing, benefits, health and wellbeing. The Hub utilises a wealth of innovative virtual tools, as well as 1:1 support from dedicated advisers and youth workers, in collaboration with other partners and providers across the city, to offer holistic, tailored support for young people out of work. 

The Hub was launched at an online event designed to engage and inspire the young people invited. The event was opened by Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Sue Blatchford, and featured guest speakers including Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Customer Organisation and Southampton’s City Council Chief Executive Sandy Hopkins who shared their personal career journeys and stories, including those key moments where the right advice at the right time supported their pathway into their career and throughout their working lives. We were also delighted to have with us Geoff Holt MBE who is an inspirational para-sailor and local to the area. 

The launch provided a range of information on what support is available through the Hub, including how young people can access the Kickstart scheme. The event ended with two breakout rooms, a workshop and a panel discussion, with the workshop run by the Careers Service being especially popular as it offered lots of practical advice on how to apply for a job. 

Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond, said: “This is the most challenging time for young people to get their first job or who may need to switch their careers due to economic disruption. It’s vital that young people know what support is available in these difficult times to help them utilise the opportunities that are offered. Which is why we’re delighted to launch the Young Adults Employment Hub. 

“The Young Adults Employment Hub will provide local, tailored support which will help to boost young people’s confidence and help them to tackle barriers to employment. This is in addition to our Solent Apprenticeship Hub, our new partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions and our commitment to spend council resources within the local economy. We are determined to avoid a generation of young people being abandoned and consigned to the scrapheap.” 

Sarah Carhart, District Service Leader at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), said: “The launch of the Southampton Young Adult Employment Hub is an important step in transforming the lives of local young people. 

“Through the joint effort of the Department for Work and Pensions and Southampton City Council, it will provide effective, targeted and tailored support, moving more young people into the labour market. “Our teams are experienced and excited to be supporting our young people through the safety of the Young Adult Employment Hub. In doing so, they will secure a sustainable future for many young people, and their families, who have been affected by the economic impact of the pandemic.” 

Maria Slevin, Service Manager at No Limits, said “We’re really pleased to be a part of the Young Adults Employment Hub, working alongside partners to be able to offer young people a multitude of holistic support services on their journey to accessing employment. Often young people seeking employment are going through a number of challenges which is why No Limits is here to offer an additional practical and therapeutic pathway to ensure young people are supported to build brighter futures.”