The women who come to Smart Works are referred from Job Centres, mental health charities, women’s refuges, homeless shelters, the prison service, care service and youth organisations.
“I would like to put on record my personal thanks for the absolutely outstanding service you continue to offer our customers – it has, and continues to, make a fundamental difference.” – Referral Partner
Each client receives a bespoke dressing consultation with two trained volunteers, to find a beautiful and high-quality interview outfit that will fill her with confidence. This is free of charge and the clothes are hers to keep.
“If I could have afforded to pick this outfit from the shops, I would have chosen the exact items. They fit perfectly and the beautiful touches, such as the bracelet and socks, are so lovely. I really feel so much more confident at tackling the two interviews tomorrow.” – Marie-Anne
This is followed by a one-to-one coaching session with an expert interview coach, where each client receives valuable interview preparation, unlocking her potential and enabling her to succeed at interview.
“I met the fairy godmother of coaches! We went through brilliant interview techniques and practice questions. It felt like a true privilege to be coached by an expert and it helped me reach new heights in confidence and self-esteem.” – Selina
We are proud that 62% of clients secure a job in a month. Once a woman gets the job she is welcomed back for a Second Dressing and receives a capsule working wardrobe to last until her first pay cheque. In London, clients can join the Smart Works Network which meets monthly for tailored sessions that set her up for professional success.
“I have successfully gained a role. It is thanks to you that I didn’t give up altogether. I had lost all hope when I was put forward to you. I now cannot wait for Monday morning and a new adventure.” – Janet
Our virtual service
As a result of the pandemic, we launched a virtual service, where clients benefit from online interview coaching, a virtual dressing consultation and a bespoke parcel of workwear items sent in the post. This means we can help any woman, regardless of their physical location.
We’re also piloting a brand new programme – Career Coaching – which helps unemployed women to secure a job interview. In each session, trained coaches work with clients to identify tangible next steps that will maximise her chances of securing an interview. This acts as a step prior to our core interview preparation service.
How to book a Smart Works appointment
Every woman who comes to Smart Works is referred by another organisation or charity who is supporting her on the journey to employment. This makes sure we are reaching the women who will most benefit from our service.
If you would like to refer a client, or have questions about being referred, contact your nearest centre or call 020 7288 1770.
Smart Works has built strong relationships with notable organisations such as The Prince’s Trust (young people), Spear (homeless charity), Career Ready (young people), Mencap (learning disabilities) Drive Forward Foundation (care leavers), Nova New Opportunities (employability), IntoUniversity (young people) and the House of St Barnabas (homeless charity).
We are always looking to build new relationships with referral partners. If you would like to become a referral partner, please get in touch by completing this form.
Meet our clients
We make sure our clients feel confident and like the best version of themselves ahead of their interview.
It’s all about the boots for Megan
Ula bringing us sunshine on a gloomy day
Zarema smiling after she got the job
Who said interview clothing has to be boring?
Walking into her interview purse first!
Natalya showing us how confident she feels
Coincidence or choice? Either way our volunteer, Claire, and client look great
Keeping it classy and British weather appropriate.
Kenyetta striking a pose in Hobbs.
Confident, chic and most importantly, comfortable