You can now make a referral to Smart Works using an online form

Making a referral is simple and hassle-free. With our new online form, referring to Smart Works is now quicker than ever, taking only a few minutes to complete.

Within one working day, Smart Works will reach out to the woman you have referred, ensuring that she receives the necessary support at a crucial time.

Make a referral

We (you!) raised an incredible £25k at our recent pop up shop on King Street 🎉💙⁣

We are overwhelmed by the response and support, we can’t thank you all enough for coming down and shopping, sharing on your socials and being the best Smart Works supporters! ⁣

All funds raised will go directly back to Smart Works Greater Manchester, helping us empower more women into employment 💙 thank you SO much! We hope you loved it as much as we did 💙🛍️⁣

Huge thank you to -⁣
🌟 @dsemotion & @kingstreetmanchester for providing us with this incredible space and all of your support as well as @roland_dransfield 💙⁣
🌟 @djemmaellis & @elgatonegrotapas for providing us with the best preview evening vibes ⁣
🌟 @nealsyardremedies @thisiswhistles @nadinemerabi @coggles @sosandar @tuulaalderley @thefruitmoth for the beautiful donations ⁣
🌟 @ingeus_uk @gunnercookellp @microsoft Irwell Valley and Sky Rise for supporting with set up and staffing our shop!⁣
🌟 And of course, our fantastic staff, Trustee and volunteer team 💙⁣

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join the Smart Works Greater Manchester Board of Trustees with 2 exciting new roles.

The Young Women’s Trustee will lead the development of understanding the needs of Smart Works Greater Manchester’s younger clients aged 16 to 25 years (these being unemployed, NEET or in danger of becoming NEET, and those leave the care system) and become a recognised and valued advocate for this community across Greater Manchester.

Click here for the full breakdown and how to apply.

The Corporate Relationships Trustee will support in developing the corporate supporter base across the city region, with the aim of increasing the funding received from organisations. This will involve supporting the Fundraising and Partnerships Manager to shape the our corporate partner “offer”, engaging with corporate supporters, and building the narrative of our social value proposition.

Click here for the full breakdown and how to apply.

Applications close on 7th June 2024 at midnight.

Celebrations are in order as our client Sadija was successful in her interview! We’re so happy for her.⁣

Sadija first came to see us for a career coaching appointment, to support with her job search and next steps. After this, she quickly got an interview and came back for interview prep and outfit. Then… she got the job! ⁣

“I enjoyed the easy going conversation when discussing my interviews. It made me feel welcomed and calmed down my nerves”⁣

Congratulations Sadija 💙

The Smart Works pop-up shop is back, find us on King Street this April.

Get ready to shop some incredible brands from Aligne, Rixo, Nobody’s Child, Sosandar and so much more, all with up to 70% off RRP.

This is sustainable shopping at its best, so join us as we use fashion as a force for good and shop some amazing pieces this spring 🌸⁣

– 18th April 10am-6pm⁣
– 19th April 10am-6pm⁣
– 20th April 9.30am-5pm⁣

Stay following along at @smartworksgm for updates and behind the scenes action!
THE #PRETTYPOWERFUL COLLECTION is here!

This year, in honour of International Women’s Day, @bobbibrownuk are collaborating with @kitristudio to bring you a Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Collection to head into a new season of life.⁣

Inside, discover a collection of Bobbi Brown icons with all you need to start your day feeling Pretty Powerful! The BEST part, 100% of sales (less VAT) are donated to Smart Works!⁣

Join us on our mission to help unemployed women in the UK reach their full potential! Click here to get yours now.

We’re kicking off the week of IWD celebrating an incredible number of women supported in Feb! That’s 64 individual women supported with interview coaching and clothing, ready to go to their interviews feeling confident and powerful.

Here is a recent quote from one of our clients, it’s why we do what we do 💙

“Absolutely surreal and amazing experience! I felt pampered and waited on hand and foot. It felt lovely trying on such amazing clothes, it gave me a boost. The interview after really made me believe in myself again and motivated me. The practise questions were really informative.”

We’re honoured to support so many women and know they are all going to go on and do amazing things. This is women supporting women at it’s best 💙

What makes you happy? Is it fashion, is it friends, is it connecting with like minded individuals or is it your love for joining a Smart Works Greater Manchester event?

Join us on Wednesday 20th March for an unforgettable celebration of joy at our International Day of Happiness event featuring the delightful former Ms GB, Charlotte Clemie. Charlotte will tell tales of her fascinating journey, from her glamorous days as a Mattel Barbie to her current role as a talented photographer. Discover what fills her days with laughter and fulfilment as a devoted wife, lover of roses, proud mum of boys, and fashion lover!

This event is your golden opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of fashion, as we unveil a dazzling rail of fabulous clothes for your shopping pleasures. Guests will also enjoy a welcome drink and canapes on arrival. All funds raised go directly back to Smart Works Greater Manchester services, supporting unemployed women into employment. Click here to get your tickets.

Mark your calendars for an evening of laughter, inspiration, and pure happiness – see you there!

Smart Works is volunteer-powered and exists to empower all women who need help getting into work. As such, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and focused individual to take on the pivotal role of being the Head of Smart Works Greater Manchester. Reporting to the Chair of the Trustee Board, the role is responsible for the management and operations of our two locations, in Stockport and in Manchester city.

In practice, this involves managing a small staff team to ensure they are thriving in their roles, who in turn orchestrate all activities of our volunteers. It also includes representing our charity to a range of stakeholders across the region, contributing to our ambitious clients targets and unlocking vital funds to deliver the Three-Year Plan. The Head of Smart Works Greater Manchester must build strong working relationships with the staff team and identify opportunities for continuous improvement across our functional areas.

We are seeking a proactive self-starter, with experience of line management and producing operational reports. Good attention to detail, managing multiple priorities to tight deadlines and outstanding interpersonal skills are essential.

It is an exciting time to join Smart Works Greater Manchester as we are in a significant growth phase, aiming to double the number of unemployed women per year we support to 10,000 by 2025.

For full breakdown of the role and how to apply, please click here. Closing date for applications is 26th February 2024.

The 2023 Smart Works Unemployment Index is here.

As a women’s employment charity, we felt we had an obligation to provide a platform for women to share their unique experiences of what it means to be unemployed. We understand the importance of having a job, particularly in today’s challenging climate, and have witnessed this first-hand through our delivering our service. The Smart Works Unemployment Index exists to investigate the barriers women face when seeking employment, acting as an annual benchmark against which progress, impact, and change can be tracked and measured.

One year on from the launch of the inaugural Smart Works Unemployment Index, we’ve observed a deterioration in the conditions under which women are seeking work. Our sample size has more than tripled and the report analyses 3,784 conversations with those supported by Smart Works throughout 2023, offering a unique insight into the barriers women across the UK face when seeking employment in today’s landscape. Although we hoped this year’s report would bring some much-needed positive news about the recruitment landscape, sadly, this is not the case.

While the report revealed a challenging recruitment landscape, it also highlighted that women remain determined to work. This drive was not solely for financial security, despite the critical climate of the cost-of-living-crisis, but more to gain a ‘sense of purpose and identity’, which was cited by more women than any other motivator at 25%.

This year, we have taken this report one step further to recommend clear and simple actions that employers can take to ensure a more accessible recruitment process.

We know these women have significant potential to succeed, and the Smart Works service has the ability to help them tap into this potential and transform their lives. Together, we can support more women into the workforce and make employers realise that women are one of the greatest assets we have in our economy.

Click here to read the full report.

Huge thank you to TalkTalk and their Future Fibre Fund for awarding us with £2,000 to assist us with organising job fairs and supporting our wonderful clients through their interview process.

“The donation from Talk Talk’s Future Fibre Fund will enable us to extend our core programme of job coaching and employment dressing for unemployed women living in Greater Manchester and help build a closer relationship with employers and our clients in the fast growing tech sector” – Jan Iceton , Chair of Smart Works GM.

TalkTalk aims to empower more women into the technology sector through various initiatives, including its annual North West Women in Tech awards – providing a platform to recognise and applaud the outstanding contributions of inspirational women, a partnership with the University of Salford and UA92, in addition to internal colleague networks and mentoring.