Basingstoke and Deane Employment and Skills Zone

The Basingstoke Employment and Skills Zone was set up in 2013 and brings together a number of agencies who support people into work, provide skills and employability training and offer work experience opportunities.

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Digital inclusion

A digital inclusion task force is working together to increase residents access to support to get online. Local partners are recruiting and training digital champions, promoting existing support and training and providing help and support across the borough.

The partnership has created a helpful ‘how to get online’ booklet which provides information on what support is available locally to help people get connected, learn about the internet, improve their digital skills and make the most of what the internet has to offer.

Information sharing

Partners within the Skills Zone offer a range of services to residents to help them develop their skills, search and apply for work and progress their career. One of the key priorities of the partnership is ensuring effective sharing and promotion of these opportunities.

The Skills Zone produces a regular vacancy and course e-bulletin so that partners have the information they need to best support their clients.

If you would like to receive this or to add something to the next edition please email

Job clubs

There are a number of job clubs running across the borough which help with CVs, applications, searching for jobs and job seeking online. Below is a list of current clubs:

PDF document BESZ weekly activities summary [219 kb]

Improving residents access to the labour market

The Promoting Employment Subgroup develops partnerships to support local residents who are currently not working or are facing redundancy. Partners have developed a process to increase the number of opportunities for people to gain experience of the world of work by offering placements within their own organisations. Please click on the document below so see how this has been working.

PDF document Work placements [571 kb]

Raising aspirations and improving young people's access to employability skills

Shaping Characters - web

The School Engagement and Employability Subgroup works to develop employability skills, promote links between education and business and support young people with career choices and progression routes.

Between October 2015 and October 2017 the group worked with partners from Sweden, Latvia and the Czech Republic to explore how character education can help to:

  • improve young people’s resilience
  • increase educational engagement
  • develop employability skills.

During the life of the project local and European partners developed and tested resources which can be used by teachers or youth workers to help develop young people’s skills. There are over 90 resources now available free of charge via the Shaping Characters Project Website.

If you would like any further information on the Shaping Characters project please contact

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