Smart Works links up with the Duchess to help unemployed women find work

A charity has joined forces with royalty to help disadvantaged women get back to work.

Unemployed women needing the confidence to succeed at job interviews and return to employment will get a boost with today’s launch of a capsule collection of clothing by the Duchess of Sussex in collaboration with charity Smart Works, of which the former Meghan Markle is a patron.

For every clothing item bought during the sales of the collection, which begin today (12 September), one will be donated to Smart Works. The model of sales and donations should allow Smart Works to dress its clients for the coming year, according to a press statement from Buckingham Palace.

The Smart Set capsule collection includes work-wear essentials and brings together leading British brands and fashion designers Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Misha Nonoo.

The Smart Set will be available in stores and online from today for at least two weeks, as well as in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK.

Created in September 2013, Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. Half of Smart Works’ clients are from an ethnic minority, long-term unemployed and have been unsuccessful with a large number of job applications.

With the charity’s support, 64% go on to get a job following their visit to Smart Works. As well as providing complete outfits of high-quality clothes for job interviews, beneficiaries also have access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further professional and personal development.

The Duchess of Sussex was appointed Patron of Smart Works in January this year.

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