Employment Mentoring

Job seeker

Job seeker

Winchester City Council is working with the national agency Sova to provide a service to help unemployed people to find work.

The project, which is funded by Winchester City Council and run by national charity Sova, recruits local mentors to provide practical and moral support to unemployed residents in the Winchester District.

A couple of case studies are available to download and view in PDF format, in the Attachments section below.

Could our mentors help you look for work?

The service is free. You will be carefully matched with a dedicated mentor who will tailor the service to suit you.

Mentors could help you with the following:

  • building CVs
  • job searches
  • interview techniques
  • developing new skills such as using computers, the Internet or budgeting
  • sourcing training and volunteering opportunities
  • signposting to specialist services that can help you move towards employment
  • becoming self employed
  • taking up a traineeship or apprenticeship
  • filling in forms for benefits, for example Winchester City Council ‘Access to Work Grants’
  • setting up a bank account.  

If you would like help with finding work and you live within the Winchester District please contact Alex Solomon at asolomon@winchester.gov.uk or on 07980 732 005.

Could you help someone on their journey to employment?

Sova are looking for new volunteer mentors to help unemployed people living within the Winchester District. No formal qualifications or experience are necessary; but volunteers will need to be committed to supporting others, have good listening and communication skills and demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude.

All mentors will receive on-going supervision and thorough training.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience that could benefit your job prospects.

If you would like to mentor a job seeker please contact Alex Solomon on 07980 732 005, or at asolomon@winchester.gov.uk