Working Wardrobe provides high quality clothing and training for unemployed men to give them confidence to succeed at interviews.
The project was set up by social housing provider, One Manchester. Through conversations with their employment support centres, they learnt that a major barrier to employment is lack of suitable clothing.
Candidates are referred to the project through organisations such as job centres, work programmes, and ex military support services. They receive a personalised styling session with a working wardrobe stylist. They are then provided with a complete outfit and personal hygiene pack. After dressing, each candidate receives a one-to-one interview preparation and coaching session with a qualified Employment Support Advisor.
Following further research and feedback from residents, a gap concerning work wear for manual occupations was identified. Some of the candidates found it difficult to afford the basic equipment they needed so One Manchester looked for ways they could help remove that barrier.
Through a social value fund provided by One Manchester’s materials supply chain partner, Travis Perkins Managed Services they have been able to build up a stock of workwear, including items such as safety boots and tradesman trousers to enable candidates to start work.
Pat Eaves, Employment and Skills Manager at One Manchester says, ‘It’s amazing to see how people’s confidence grows from entering the Working Wardrobe , you can see them physically grow , they stand up straight , their whole demeanour changes and they walk into an interview with added confidence and look like they really want that job’
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