Basingstoke and Deane Employment and Skills Zone

The Basingstoke Employment and Skills Zone addresses local skills and employment issues and develops partnership working between local stakeholders to promote skills and employment development in the area. If you would like any further information or would like to get involved in any of the activities listed below please email

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 and to support this the Skills Zone produces a regular vacancy and course e-bulletin.

There are also a number of regular 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]

Digital inclusion

The digital task force is a sub group of the partnership and works together to increase residents’ access to support to get online. Local partners recruit and train digital champions, promote existing support and training and provide 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.

The leaflet is available online but if you would like a printed copy sent to you please call 01256 844844.


Local partners work together to plan events in support of National Apprenticeship Week which takes place annually during March. The aim of the events are to increase awareness of the opportunities apprenticeships can offer. For further information about what's happening locally during the week visit National Apprenticeship week webpage.

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

Member of the Employment and Skills Zone were successful in securing funding from Erasmus+ to work with European partners to create an online toolkit containing 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.

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