Scheme to help unemployed women find work gets a hand from college students

Scheme to help unemployed women find work gets a hand from college students

Hair, beauty and media make-up students from Hugh Baird college are taking part in a scheme to help unemployed women find work.

The Dress it Forward project, launched two years ago by Sefton & Liverpool Women in Business CIC, encourages people across Merseyside to donate their unwanted work wear to help those struggling for employment make a good impression at interviews.

The college students have gone one step further than clothes donations however, and are working with ladies enrolled on the scheme to style their hair and apply make-up.

A number of the women involved with the project are ex-offenders, or those who have little or no previous work experience.

Hair, beauty and media make-up tutor Bobbie Jarvis, who initiated the link between the college and the project, said “The students have struck up a real rapport with the team who run the scheme, and the ladies who take benefit from the project.”

“Part of the work we do at the college is linked to making students better citizens. Taking part in the Dress it Forward project has demonstrated to them the rewards of giving something back to the local community.”