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Helping women into work

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The Group is piloting a project with Smart Works, a charity helping women into work by providing coaching and clothing for interviews and beyond. 

The Greater Manchester-focused project hopes to benefit up to 50 women over a 12-month period.

Each job hunter will receive a personalised styling session with two volunteer stylists, and a complete outfit for their job interview, which is theirs to keep, free of charge. 

Additionally, they will benefit from one-to-one interview coaching with an experienced HR professional. The session focuses on increasing awareness of their personal strengths, answering questions effectively and setting expectations of the interview. 

The service aims to make every person look great, feel confident and be equipped with everything they need for the interview.

Prepared to interview

After re-entering the workplace, individuals are encouraged to join the Smart Works Network, a membership group of women. The Network meet monthly to further their professional and personal development, helping and motivating one another to succeed.

Our Group vision is to create places that work for everyone, and People First allows us to put social impact at the centre of all we do.

If you know a friend or customer that might benefit from this project or to learn more about Smart Works, please contact our Community Investment Manager, Tony Hennon at

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