Cost of living support and advice

If you’re struggling with the rising cost of living, we can help you find ways to maximise your income by showing you how to make sure you are being paid fairly, supporting you to develop skills so you can get better paid work, and helping you find new employment opportunities.

Finding work or changing your career

Whether you’re unemployed, want to earn more money or want to a change of career, there’s lots of support available to help you find the right opportunities.

The council runs a range of programmes designed to help people who are unemployed get back into employment.

If you’re between 16 and 24 years old, we run a one-stop service called My Future in Portsmouth, helping young jobseekers to find work and access training opportunities.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Careers and Skills hub can help you explore job and training options. Whether you are a young person thinking about your next steps, returning to work after a break, or you want a career change the Solent LEP Careers and Skills hub has some really useful resources.

Job seekers can take advantage of a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card giving 50% off train travel to boost job searches and help job seekers get back to work. Find out whether you are eligible.

You can also get help from the Jobcentre Plus or find out about apprenticeships.

Get free support to develop your CV and apply for jobs through the National Careers Service by emailing

Opportunities with Portsmouth City Council – visit our careers portal to see current job vacancies, find out about apprenticeships, or sign up for our temporary recruitment agency for temporary roles at the council and other local authorities, charities and the NHS.

Adult social care – would you like a job where you make a difference? Why not consider a job in home care, helping people in your community who need a bit of support to stay independent in their home. Read more about the role and apply.

Training and learning new skills

If you want to boost your employment prospects, we can help you find the right training to develop the skills you need.

Our community learning service provides courses to gain qualifications for better paid work, as well as adult learning courses. The learning courses can help you with other skills to help you through the cost of living crisis, including budgeting.

You can also find information about opportunities to develop new skills from essential numeracy to advanced technical qualifications through Skills for life. Many of the courses are free too.

Read Easy offers help to adults who struggle with reading by providing trained reading coaches to work on a one to one basis with anyone needing help. Readers and coaches meet for half an hour twice a week either in a local library or online. The service is free, confidential and non judgemental. If you, or someone you know, would like help to improve reading telephone: 07926 984697 or email:

The HIVE directory lists organisations and groups that can support you getting back to work, just choose ‘getting back to work’ from the drop down.

Job fairs and networking events

Find the job you want supporting pupils

If you want to find a job supporting children and families in the city, visit the Teach Portsmouth Support and Teaching Assistant Jobs Fair on Tuesday 23 April at Central Library (third floor), Guildhall Square from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and 4pm to 6pm for one of two identical sessions.

Watch short presentations on how to become a teaching assistant, meet schools, colleges and council services promoting a range of jobs and discover training and apprenticeship opportunities from adult education providers.

For more information and to get your ticket, visit the Teach Portsmouth website.

Fair pay

If you’re employed, it’s important to make sure you’re being correctly paid for the work you do.

If you’re not sure whether you’re being paid fairly:

If you don’t have a trade union but need advice on your rights at work, you can contact the ACAS helpline on 0300 123 1100.

Worried about losing your job? 

If you’re worried about losing your job, contact your trade union if you have one. If you’re not a member of a trade union, you can get advice on your rights at work by contacting the ACAS helpline on 0300 123 1100.

If you’re being made redundant, you can find out about your rights on the Government’s website. Specialist help is available before you’re made redundant, and for up to 13 weeks after redundancy. You can also get help from the Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response service to:

  • write CVs and find jobs
  • find information on benefits
  • find the right training and learn new skills
  • organise work trials (if you’re eligible)
  • get any extra help at work if you’re disabled, for example Access to Work

Apprenticeships – find an apprenticeship program in England