ONE young woman is starting a brand new job, thanks to the efforts of Redditch group, Dress Code.
The organisation provides careers advice, tips and smart clothes to give out of work people the best possible help to get them through a job interview to secure employment.
And they stepped in to give 19-year-old Jade Bradshaw, of Redditch YMCA, all the help she needed to land her first job with B&M in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
“We can provide an interview outfit and talk candidates through the interview process, using appropriate interview technique and cover the sort of questions they can expect,” said project co-ordinator Esther Passingham.
“The aim is to make sure they feel confident and can answer the questions they are asked without worrying about how they look because interviews can be really nerve wracking.”
The entire operation runs on a £500 grant from Redditch Borough Council and so far has helped 12 women in their hunt for work. The organisation hopes to assist another eight before the end of the year.
“We’ve had donations of interview wear from many different sources and we also have the services of colour and style analyst Sally Beech, who does a marvellous job,” said Esther.
An important strand to the service is the careers advice which is tailor-made to each of the candidates.
“We’re trying to fill a gap in people’s knowledge as we’ve found a lot of the advice can be quite general while we aim to give a more in-depth careers service,” added Esther
Dress Code is part of IDC Sewing Café Community Interest Company based at The Old Needle Works in Britten Street, two minutes walk from Redditch bus station.
If anyone would like free careers advice, interview support or interview clothes, call Esther on 01527 69100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org