Oldham based Aksa Homes is helping people within their communities to get back into the workplace through the launch of their ‘Working Wardrobe’ which provides people with professional attire to wear when attending interviews.
Part of their ‘Stepping into Work’ programme, the Working Wardrobe is designed to enable residents of Aksa Homes to obtain what they need for an interview and help them take the important first step towards a better future. Aksa Homes and the Working Wardrobe understand the first 30 seconds of an interview are crucial, as employers make up their minds about potential candidates very quickly and first impressions are critical.
Commenting on behalf of Aksa Homes, Georgina Nolan said: “We want our tenants to feel their best when trying to obtain employment which is why we came up with the working wardrobe. If you feel that you are dressed correctly then you will feel more confident when meeting prospective employers which will put you at ease during the interview.”
Once a tenant has been successful in obtaining an interview, they can visit the Aksa Launch Pad venue to take a look at the outfits available for them to wear at the interview. There are both male and female clothes plus accessories such as bags, cufflinks, ties, necklaces, scarves.
Each appointment is approximately 2 hours and includes a dressing session with one to one training, guidance and support to help them with their upcoming interview.
Aksa Homes work in partnership with Community support plus Manchester, Bury library service, New Charter ESF team, Get Oldham Working, Oldham work club network, positive Steps Oldham, Great Places and Oldham Voluntary Action.