Get help finding a job in Portsmouth

Help finding a job

My City WiFi

If you don’t have internet access at home, find out when computers are available at your local library or community centre. Or use your own laptop, tablet or smartphone in any of the My City WiFi free internet hotspots around the city.

The Learning Place

If you’re not confident in using the internet to search for work, contact The Learning Place to find out about computer skills courses.

National Careers Service

Get advice on how to improve your CV and interview technique as well as finding a job that is right for you.

Help if you are aged 16-24 and not in work, education or training

16-24 and not in work, education or training?

If you need support with finding work, CVs, application forms, apprenticeships, college courses or training, you

email for more information

Help for council and housing association tenants

If you rent your home from Portsmouth City Council, your local area housing office can give you help and support to get back in to work. Speak to your housing officer to find out what help is available.

Some of the bigger housing associations in the city also give help and support to tenants who want to find work. Contact your landlord’s customer services team to find out what is available.

Skills development

Whether you want to gain a qualification, learn something new, or strengthen your skills, learning opportunities are available. Local providers include:

  • The Learning Place
  • The Learning Place Facebook
  • WEA Omega Centre

Or you can search for courses online from the National Careers Service.

If you’d like to be more confident with numbers, and you like learning online, take the national numeracy challenge and learn the maths you need for your everyday life.


Apprenticeships mean you can earn a wage while you learn and gain practical skills on the job.

For more information about apprenticeships, visit our apprenticeships page or go to to find an apprenticeship online.


Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your skills to help you find the right job.

Visit the Together in HIVE Portsmouth website to find volunteering opportunities in the city.

Financial support while you look for work

While you are looking for work, you can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit. To check which of these you can claim, read the information on who must claim Universal Credit.

You should make your claim as soon as possible, because you may have to wait several weeks after you submit your claim for your first benefit payment to be made.

Even if you think you might get back into work quickly, you can still make a claim, and then cancel it once you start work again.

If you would like to gain work experience in a new area, email or phone 023 9268 8542 or 023 9284 1501.