Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

The Learning Place

Portsmouth City Council operates a modern, purpose-built Adult, Community and Family Learning Centre.

The centre has ten fully accessible, high-quality teaching and learning spaces, including two dedicated IT suits, a dedicated arts and craft room, a dual-purpose arts and crafts/cooking room, a dedicated family learning room, on site crèche, five further teaching rooms and facilities to support e-learning in every learning space.

Follow the link for contact details and more information on The Learning Place.

PCMI training and skills

PCMI provides training and support for people with disabilities and the unemployed, helping them back into work with the skills that employers want. Delivering Government-funded back to work programmes, this dedicated service is part of the council.

We can identify the right recruits for your business, offer work trials and bespoke pre-employment training. We're also able to give on going support to you to make sure that your new employee suits the needs of your organisation. 

PETA Training and Consultancy Services

PETA Ltd delivers a range of courses, training programmes and advisory services all developed with the needs of employers and young people in mind. With 5 sites in Hampshire; Cosham, Havant, Portsmouth, Winchester and Basingstoke, PETA continues to grow and now has an extensive offering including Work Ready programme - helping young people prepare for work, Apprenticeships courses, seminars, briefings and workshops and consultancy services.

Family Information Service

Free information and guidance for local employers in assisting with childcare and family issues, in order to help with the recruitment and retention of workers who are parents with children aged 0-20 years. Portsmouth Family Information Service can also support employers looking to open their own workplace childcare provision and recruit childcare workers. For more details contact the Family Information Service on 023 9268 8830, email or read the the family information service page.

Careers and Employability Service (University of Portsmouth)

Tel: 023 9284 2684

Careers and Employability Service provide careers information, advice and guidance, Graduate Recruitment Service, volunteering opportunities and a programme of career-related events for students and graduates. We work closely with faculties to support and deliver Career Management Skills modules and disseminate the results of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Careers and Employability also works with a number of employers to promote graduate opportunities through campus activity, to recruit University of Portsmouth students for volunteering and work experience roles and to place graduates into full-time employment. 

Please note these services are available to Students and Graduates of the University of Portsmouth. Graduates can access services up to 5 years after graduation. 

School of Education and Childhood Studies

Tel: 023 9284 5231

The School of Education & Childhood Studies offers a part time Foundation Degree in Learning Support for those working in education with a supporting learning role. Successful completion for the Foundation Degree in Learning Support would enable students to progress to the BA (Honours) in Educational Studies.

University of the Third Age

Tel: 023 9242 3976

U3A is a life-long learning organisation for people no longer in employment, run by the members on a “self help” basis. For an annual subscription of £30, members are entitled to attend as many of the twenty six subject groups as they wish. No paid tutors are used, we aim to use the lifetime’s experience and expertise of our members to help in the learning process.

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