Work placements

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about taking up a paid work placement with Southern Housing Group.

The Southern 360 work placement programme aims to help and support Southern Housing Group Residents who are looking to gain work experience, develop new skills and knowledge. Learning and developing skills is central to the work placement experience as this will help to improve the resident’s confidence and motivation to go onto securing meaningful employment.

Here you can find work placement opportunities we have, case studies of residents who have completed a work placement, and advice to guide you through the application process with FAQs.

A work placement is also a great way to earn a salary while trying something new. You will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of work, meet new people and receive on the job training.

Who can apply for a Paid Work Placement

Paid work placement opportunities are only open to Southern Housing Group Residents.  A Resident applying for a paid work placement opportunity should have the capability and skills to do the placement role applied for effectively.  This includes having a positive attitude, applying oneself consistently, is reliable, motivated and understands etiquette in the workplace.

How to apply for a Southern 360 paid work placement opportunity

Our work placement opportunities are advertised on our vacancies page. We also use other methods to advertise such as Facebook, Twitter and external job websites. You can also contact our Employment Advisors 0300 020 0549 to discuss work placement opportunities with other employers. 

You will be required to complete an on-line application form and upload your CV.  We also often request a supporting statement or cover letter to accompany your application.  The application form can be completed in stages as long as it reaches us by the closing date.

Tips for your application

· Take the time to go through the website and read about Southern Housing Group

· Read the advert, job description, and person specification thoroughly to check you understand the role and ensure you meet the essential criteria

· Ensure your CV is clear, accurate and up-to-date

· Ensure you complete all sections of the application form thoroughly.  The supporting statement / cover letter is an important part of the application process and is used for shortlisting purposes. Using the job description and personal specification you should aim to demonstrate in your supporting statement how you meet the essential criteria

· Review your application before submitting. It may be worth asking someone to read it through on your behalf.

· If you would like help with completing your application you can contact the: Southern 360 Employment and Skills Team on 01403 220 434 or by email:

 · If you would like to find out more about the role you are applying for you can contact the: Southern 360 Work Placement Officer on 0207 017 8550

What happens after you submit your application

You should expect to hear from us within a week of the closing date for the role either by telephone or email. If you have not been shortlisted, it will be because other candidates were identified as more closely matching our criteria. Please don’t be put off from applying for other work placement opportunities in the future.

The Interview and Assessment Process

We’ll be investing a great deal in your learning and development, so it’s important we make sure we offer the opportunity to the right person. We want to give you every opportunity to show us the skills and attributes you can bring to the role. So, as well as a competency based interview you may be asked to complete some tests that are relevant to the work placement role. We’ll give you plenty of notice so that you can prepare in advance.

After your assessment and interview, we’ll let you know if you are successful or not and provide feedback as appropriate.

Residents with dissabilities

We are committed to ensuring that all short listing, interviewing and selection will be carried out in line with the Equality Act 2010 and all applicants should feel secure that they will be treated fairly and equitably. If you do consider yourself to have a disability we encourage you to indicate this in the relevant section of the application form. As a member of the ‘Disability Confident’ scheme, we commit to offer disabled people an interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the placement opportunity. We will also endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments, should you be invited for assessment and interview.

Safer recruiting

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all Group staff including work placements to share this commitment.


We are committed to eliminating discrimination and valuing diversity within our workforce and recognise that discrimination is more likely to be experienced by particular groups in society. Southern 360 and the Group uses the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help assess the suitability of applicants for specified positions of trust to ensure that precaution is taken in the recruitment of staff who will be working with vulnerable groups to help reduce security risk.

Due to the nature of our work we sometimes require applicants for certain work placements to undertake a DBS check. When this is required it will be clearly stated on the person specification and job advertisement for the role and may be discussed with you at interview. Even spent convictions will need to be disclosed by applicants for some roles.

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