Local IT Company forms Volunteer-Based Partnership with Smart Works Reading to Support Women back into Work

Smart Works Reading

(Maidenhead, UK)-14th, February 2017- A local IT Company and Microsoft Gold Partner, Pythagoras, has formed a corporate partnership with Smart Works Reading.

Smart Works Reading are a registered charity supporting women back into the workplace; providing interview clothing and coaching to build the candidate’s confidence. Pythagoras will be volunteering with Smart Works Reading to share professional expertise and skills as part of their Women in Technology initiative, as well as completing fund raising for the charity.

The Women in Technology initiative within Pythagoras brings colleagues together to share advice and ideas to encourage more women into the IT industry. Pythagoras have been working with local schools and higher education institutions to promote careers in technology to young girls and women in association with Microsoft. In addition to this, Pythagoras have a wealth of experience in recruitment including advice about how to perform well in interview, and dressing for the workplace, which they can contribute back into the local community.

Emma Stone

“I am delighted Pythagoras has partnered with Smart Works Reading as part of our Women in Technology initiative. I know first-hand from interviewing candidates how important appearance can count towards first impressions, and how feeling good about the way you look can make a significant difference to a candidate’s confidence. By volunteering our expertise to Smart Works Reading, I hope we can help continue the great work the charity does to reduce female unemployment in our local community.”

Emma StoneCFO, Pythagoras
Sarah Burns

“At Smart Works Reading, we are proud to have established partnerships with inspiring organisations who share our passion for empowering women, and support our work. Already the relationship with Pythagoras has made a big difference; we have received donations, organised corporate volunteering, and support of our upcoming fundraiser Spin for Smart Works. The support and commitment from Pythagoras means we receive much-needed funds to provide our core service, generate media profile to support our growth, and source the exceptional clothing we need to dress our clients. Thank you.”

Sarah Burns Chair, Smart Works Reading

Smart Works Reading opened in October 2015 and has since delivered their service to over 200 women in the Thames Valley region. Clients get a two-hour dressing and interview preparation service to help them back into the workplace. The charity provides high quality interview clothing, styling advice and interview training to women in need.

Their philosophy is “Get the Clothes. Get the Confidence. Get the Job”.

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