Working Wardrobe is being set up to tackle another barrier into employment that so many men and women face today. That barrier is the lack of suitable clothing to wear in order to make a good first impression at the interview.
They want to give those people the best possible chance of making the right first impression to be successful in getting that job.
How does it work
Their offer is a one to one appointment in a town centre store choosing an outfit and accessories- the customer will be given this outfit to keep at no cost to them. The customer will also get final interview preparation advice.
Should the customer be successful in that interview they will return to the store and be given additional clothing and more importantly be given in work support for as long as they need it.
This is so important as making that transition from benefits to work is often a difficult and troublesome period. They will be assigned their own officer that will help with any issues that may prevent the client sustaining that employment- this support will be tailored to their needs.
Working Wardrobe will have already built up a good relationship with the customer through the first dressing visit. Trust and engagement will have already been established therefore making it more likely that this support will be well received and successful.
Bolton at Home has initially funded Working Wardrobe to get men and women in Bolton back to work. From working with these customers at the very start in our job clubs, they get these individuals job ready and equipped to re-enter or enter working life.
What they then find is that some of these customers simply do not own appropriate clothing to attend an interview. The job centre used to provide a fund to address this but it is getting increasingly difficult to access. This is now becoming a real barrier to people getting into work.
Working Wardrobe will be available to all of working age regardless if they are a Bolton at Home tenant or not. Bolton at Home has funded a lease on a town centre retail unit.
Can you help?
Working Wardrobe now have to furnish the store and stock the store with interview type clothing and accessories.
They are looking to the community and local businesses to support this project and are building relationships with businesses with a view to them contributing towards their funding and our clothing stock by organising clothing drives amongst their staff.
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