Suited & Booted supply formal clothes and accessories to men who require support selecting appropriate wear for job interviews and City employment.
Students David Agunwah, Ritik Vibhani and Michael Raul Cabana Sotelo were accompanied by Anne-Marie Melbourne, CONEL’s Employer Engagement officer. Two store assistants then helped kit out the students with individually tailored outfits ahead of upcoming work experience.
David, Michael and Ritik were all very happy with their suits and said they really enjoyed their appointments. The three are expecting summer internships in the coming months, and reportedly enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste for professional life in the big city. David will be based at Citi Bank in Canary Wharf for his internship, while Ritik and Michael will be based at PA Consultancy Group in Victoria.
David said: “I joined the Career Ready programme to gain work experience. It is a flexible programme, so that helps with my studying. I really liked getting my free suit, which will help me when I start my internship at Citi Bank in July.”
Anne-Marie SaidL “This was our first time at Suited and Booted as a college. My manager gave me a flyer for the company and when I contacted them the founder of the charity invited us down. It was easy to get to and the students were really excited. Before we went we filled out forms which meant when we arrived, they were ready with suits the right size for our students. They all tried on two suits and they were really happy with what they came away with, one of the students with an Armani suit. They even got bags for their work. When leaving they were also given money to take up the hems of their trousers and told where they can get free haircuts. It was a great experience.”
For more information on the Career Ready programme or to be part of the next cohort please contact Betty Benjamin on BBenjamin@conel.ac.uk