Ted Styles You

By Sam Forsdike | July 01 2020

Ted Styles You

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Jobs & Skills, Education, Vulnerable Society, Education, Jobs & Skills, Children & Young People, Arts & Music and Older People

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    One of the most popular programmes within Jobs Club is Ted Styles You.

    This is an initiative we run in partnership with Ted Baker to support guests around confidence ahead of interviews and starting work through clothing – and style!

    A four week course, each week guests work with staff from Ted on different elements of how the clothes you wear can impact how you feel and your performance in interviews. Many of our guests are very talented but have had their confidence knocked by recent events. Furthermore, they often lack the resources to be able to buy themselves appropriate clothing. So to work with the Ted team on developing a personal style that is also appropriate for a work environment is an insightful but also fun process.

    The course culminates in guests being issued with clothing items from Ted that they can use for any interviews, placements or jobs they obtain. This year, the issuing of the clothes was combined with a studio session at the end of March before lockdown began. Set up in the C4WS offices, the Ted photographers welcomed guests to try on their clothes and pose in front of the cameras.

    We were unsure how this session might go but it only took one brave guest to volunteer to go first and then everyone was clamouring for their moment under the lights! In what can be a dark, scary and anxious period in their lives it was fantastic to witness our guests enjoying themselves, being treated like celebrities and realising that they deserve to be noticed.

    Everyone loved the final portraits and we issued the 16 guests who participated with digital and hard copies to keep as a memento – and for future inspiration!

    Huge thank-you to everyone at Ted for facilitating this amazing and important programme.

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