Skills 4 Work

We’re excited to deliver a new 18-month employment and training programme for residents on the Isle of Wight (IOW).

The coaching, mentoring and 1-2-1 employment support from the Employment and Support Team, is open to anyone aged 16+ (Southern Housing Group resident or not) and currently not in paid work.

What is “Skills 4 Work”?

The “Skills 4 Work” programme offers great practical experience and could be the pathway to an exciting new career.

You’ll receive 1-2-1 employment support, coaching and skills development, which includes the following.

  • Employability support – to develop your job-search, CV and interview skills
  • Digital skills support – including access to computers and connectivity
  • Vocational training courses – delivered face-to-face or online
  • Workshops and employability training – to support you with confidence building and keeping up your motivation
  • Functional skills support – assessments and programmes to develop the fundamental English, Mathsand ICT skills you may need
  • Access to work placements and volunteering opportunities – to help you develop your confidence and employability skills
  • Self-employment and business start-up support

How do the placements work?

You’ll need to:

  • Be aged 16+
  • Have a right to work in the UK
  • Not be in any paid work
  • Be a resident of the IOW

We can also help you with childcare support while you take part in the programme.

We have 100 placements available, and you don’t need to be a Southern Housing Group resident to take part.

What’s the registration process?

You’ll need to enquire through Sovereign’s Employment and Training team, who are handling the process for all residents on the island.

If you know someone who’d like to take part, or you have any questions, please get in touch. Email Skills4work@sovereign.org.uk or call Employment and Training Officer Stuart Sharp on 07392284487.

How is the programme is funded?

The Solent Supporting Employment (SSE) programme aims to reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, including BAME communities; people with disabilities; long-term unemployed; and people experiencing factors such as mental health issues, age or homelessness – enabling them to move closer towards or into employment.

The three year £1.76m SSE Grants Programme is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and is part-funded by the European Social Fund, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and HIWCF donors.

Get in Touch

If you would like to speak to someone, or find out more about the support available, you can contact the team directly:

0300 020 0549
Email us