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Threads for work aren’t always easy to come by

02 Oct 2014

As if finding a job wasn’t stressful enough.  People who experience disadvantage have the additional challenge of finding suitable clothes to wear to an interview and during the early period of their employment.

Fortunately The Working Wardrobe, an initiative being launched by Melbourne Polytechnic’s Work Education Centre at Preston campus on 7 October 2014, is here to help.  The Melbourne Polytechnic Work Education Centre provides vocational training and education for people with disabilities.

The Working Wardrobe is a not for profit clothing store selling clothes suitable for a variety of workplace situations, with money raised being used to outfit disadvantaged students for the workplace.   Staff in the Work Education Centre will be able to give advice to people in understanding what type of clothing is suitable for work.  

Start-up costs were funded via a business development grant from the Inner North Community Foundation, supported by Portland House.

“Understanding and being able to present yourself appropriately for work seems like a really simple thing, but in fact it’s quite difficult for some people for a whole range of reasons,” said Rosanna Matovinovic, a teacher at the Work Education Centre “We aim to help our students take that first step with the confidence that they look completely appropriate for their working environment.”

Setting up The Working Wardrobe has involved a whole range of students from the Melbourne Polytechnic Work Education Centre (WEC), including Rachael Wright, the multimedia student who designed the work vest logo, to the trade students who did the shopfitting and the retail students who set up and will run the store.  In time, it will also involve the WEC’s budgeting students to help manage the finances as part of project based learning that is hands on for these learners.

 “We hope that with the community’s support, we will become self-sustaining and be able to eventually extend the service to disadvantaged people beyond Melbourne Polytechnic, in the local community,” said Ms Matovinovic.

Anyone who would like to donate new or good quality clothing suitable for the workplace can get in touch with the Melbourne Polytechnic Work Education Centre on 03 9269 8390.

Launch details:

Date / Time:  Tuesday 7 October 2014, 10:00am – 2:00pm   
Venue:   Melbourne Polytechnic Preston Campus, Work Education Centre, Room PW130, 77-91 St Georges Road, Preston
Phone:  03 9269 8390

Interview / Photo Opportunities

Media enquiries should be directed to the Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1481415178e.tim1481415178n@aio1481415178catin1481415178a1481415178

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.

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