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Smart Works

At the heart of Smart Works sits a two hour dressing and coaching service for unemployed women with confirmed job interviews.

Each client has a personalised styling session with two Smart Works volunteer stylists, receiving a complete outfit of high quality clothes and accessories for their specific job interview, which are free and hers to keep.  We make sure that our clients look fabulous, feel confident and have everything they need, from a winter coat to a pair of tights.

After her dressing, each client receives a one-to-one interview preparation and coaching session with an experienced HR professional or senior manager. The interview session focuses on increasing the awareness of her own strengths, answering questions effectively and understanding what is expected of her at interview.

Once a client is successful at interview, they are welcomed back for a Second Dressing to receive five additional pieces of clothing. This means that they can start their new role with a capsule working wardrobe which will see them through until their first pay cheque.

When our clients re-enter the workplace, we encourage them to join the Smart Works Network, a membership group of women who have recently returned to work. The Network meet on a monthly basis to further their professional and personal development, helping and motivating one another to succeed.

Where to Go

Name of venue
Smart Works Greater Manchester
Venue address
Mellor House 65-81
St. Petersgate
Stockport
Postcode
SK1 1DS

Other Details

Associated Cost
No
Referral required?
Yes
Referral and availability notes

Appointments to Smart Works Greater Manchester are made by referral. If you are not sure how to be referred for an appointment, then please call and we will do our best to help.

We work with many referral agencies, including Jobcentre Plus, work programme providers and charities.  They refer women to us who need help with interview clothes and building confidence in the run up to their interview.

Who to Contact

Name
Fiona Gunnion
Position
Manager
Telephone
0161 974 0669
Email
greatermanchester@smartworks.org.uk
Website
https://smartworks.org.uk/manchester-smart-works/
Last Updated: 02/12/2019