COVID-19 Employment support

National and local organisations have adapted the way in which they work so that they can continue to provide information, advice and support to help people find work while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

If you cannot find the support you are looking for on this page please let us know by emailing

Financial support

If you have lost your job or are working reduced hours you may be able to claim benefits. Visit the Employment and Benefit Support website for information on benefits, eligibility and how to apply.


If your income has changed or you need to self-isolate due to coronavirus, the benefits you are entitled to may have changed. To check and ensure you are getting the help you need visit the Coronavirus help page on the Entitledto website.

Looking for work

For up to date information on local vacancies and training opportunities please view our fortnightly Employment and Skills Zone bulletin

Local jobcentres are sharing information through social media. Follow JCP Hampshire on Twitter for the latest information and job vacancies.

You can also use the ‘Find a job’ online service on the GOV.UK website to find and apply for jobs.

Some new job sites have been set up to respond to labour shortages caused by the lockdown:

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides access to independent, impartial and professional advice on careers, skills, and the labour market and are currently offering this support remotely. They can help you to explore your career options, understand the local job market, develop your CV, search and apply for jobs and apply for online training. For furloughed workers and employers with furloughed staff, they can also offer redundancy support and additional assistance.

To make a free telephone appointment with one of their impartial careers advisers please call 0800 100 900. Lines are open 7 days a week between 8am - 10pm.

For further information on the National Careers Service visit the National Careers Service website or follow them on social media: Follow the National Careers Service on Twitter: @NationalCareers, Follow @CareersSE on Twitter

Training and support

Free online digital and numeracy courses designed to improve your employability skills are available on The Skills Toolkit website.


RCS run a free Employment Training Programme in Basingstoke which supports people into employment, volunteering or training. These have been running from Basingstoke discovery Centre and Oakridge Hall but they are currently adapting the programme to be delivered by telephone and through online sessions. Get in touch with them to find out about start dates and how to join.

Visit the RCS website for more information on the free Employment Training Programme in Basingstoke or contact them via telephone: 01264 359223 or email:

Basingstoke College of Technology

Aspiral learning provide a range of employability and work related skills courses. It is currently offering a range of free distance learning courses covering business, education and training, and health and social care.

For more information on the Basingstoke College of Technology, please visit the Basingstoke College of Technology website.

M3 Job Club

The M3 job club supports business professionals who are out of work or whose role has been placed at risk of redundancy back into the workplace through a free 16 week programme. The programme is currently being delivered online.

To find out more call them on 0333 0095381 or visit the M3 Job Club website.

Self-employment and start up support


IncuHive is currently offering mentoring and advice online for small and start-up businesses. You can sign up by visiting the IncuHive website or by contacting via email or telephone on 07792 790334.

Inspiring Enterprise

Inspiring Enterprise help unemployed people into self-employment or setting up a social enterprise. They have a team of business advisers who will support participants with advice and mentoring via phone and online platforms and are welcoming any new enquiries. They are currently running ‘Self-employment: Is it for me?’ information sessions online.

You can find information on Inspiring Enterprise by visiting their website, call them on 0800 140 4537, or follow Inspiring Enterprise on Twitter.

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