Smart Works Leeds provide interview and career coaching, alongside high quality workwear and styling advice for women who are trying to gain employment across Yorkshire. Their service is delivered by highly skilled, trained volunteers who dedicate their time to helping their clients succeed.

Leeds Conservatoire works as a referrer for this support, and can put any interested parties in touch with Smart Works after evaluating their needs and completing a short application form.

Any unemployed woman (or those that identify as a woman) currently studying at the conservatoire can apply for this support if they:

  • Are joining the workplace for the first time
  • Have been made redundant after a long time in the same role
  • Are applying for lots of jobs but not getting interviews
  • Have got an interview but just don’t have the self belief to sell themselves
  • Are not sure where to even start


Career Coaching Support

Career Coaching is an hour-long session to help women identify tangible next steps in their journey to employment, and chat through any challenges or barriers they are facing in entering or re-entering the workplace.

These sessions are useful for any woman who isn't sure of her next steps including entering the workplace for the first time or having been made redundant from a role they have been in some time. These sessions aim to agree a verbal plan of action and instil confidence and self-belief.

Interview Support

Smart Works' interview support includes an hour-long coaching session to prepare for a specific upcoming/confirmed interview. Their coach can focus on mock interview questions and/or explore any particular areas of concern a client may have, in order for her to feel confident and ready to wow at interview.

When a client comes for their Interview Coaching session, she also has a one hour styling appointment, in which she will receive a complete outfit of high-quality clothing and accessories for this interview, to help her feel even more confident and ready to get the job!

Post Job Interview Support

Smart Works are delighted to welcome all clients who achieve a job offer back for a second dressing, where she will receive approximately 5 pieces to help start a capsule work wardrobe for her new job, to feel fantastic for the start of her new career journey.

If you feel you would benefit from the support offered by Smart Works and meet the requirements for applying, please email James Warrender at with a brief description of your needs.

We will then refer you to the Smart Works service who will contact you directly.

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