The not-for-profit project Dress for Work has launched at the Westmead Connectivity in a unique initiative spear-headed by the multi-national construction company, Multiplex. The centre is designed to bring together a range of training, employment and community organisations with the aim of providing collaborative and sustainable employment outcomes for marginalised and disadvantaged communities in Western Sydney.
Opened last month, Dress for Work sits alongside Metro Assist’s refugee and newly arrived migrant employment program, SkillMe and has seen a number of clients through its doors from a range of service providers, including youth mental health services and job actives.
One client, Antonio, recently attended Dress for Work at its new Westmead site. An accountant by trade, Antonio had been experiencing a bout of unemployment and visited Dress for Work after being referred to the service by his Job Active Service as part of his employment preparation. “I was so happy with the service and was glad I could be fitted”. The Guilford resident also spoke of the convenience of having the employments support service on his door-step, citing the 10 minute travel time it took to access the service.
The new Westmead showroom would not be possible without the hard work of the men and women from Aboriginal Employment Strategy and Fusion Training soultions who undertook the refurbishment of the center as part of their preconstruction training, including one young trainee Darrin Welsh. Darrin was one of the first clients to access the new DFW service in Westmead and was issued with a suit just in time for the centre’s launch.
Sarah Issac, a Dress for Work volunteer at Westmead says “The new showroom is in itself wonderful, but what makes it even greater is the ability to co-share the space with other not-for profits and charities who have been so supportive and welcoming”.
Aside from receiving a free suit, clients are also invited to participate in Dress for Work’s Job Readiness Training which covers a range of topics including employer expectations, presentation skills and job-seeking skills. And now that Dress for Work is located in the Westmead Connectivity Hub, clients have the added benefit of accessing employment opportunities as well as trainings provided by any one of the Centre’s partners. The collaborative environment of the Hub ultimately is a value-add for clients accessing employment supports at the centre who may come for one particular service but leave with information about employment and training opportunities from several organisations, including Multiplex.
Along with Dress for Work, the Westmead Connectivity Centre is home to PCYC and Aboriginal Employment Strategy, as well as yourtown.
Dress for Work is located at the Westmead Connectivity Centre, 1 Dragonfly Drive Westmead. For appointments please call 8709 0200 or visit www.dressforwork.org.au for more information.
To read more about Dress for Work at Westmead please take a look at a recent article featured in the Parramatta Advertiser.