Our new Suited for Success Bus - Get Onboard
Suited for Success is going on the road to support the unemployed in communities across the Birmingham with high levels of unemployment thanks to a new charity partnership and fantastic bus donation from National Express West Midlands.
Pop-up Suited for Success
Over the coming the bus double decker will be converted into a mini pop-up Suited for Success with an interview clothing provision boutique on the upper deck and interview/ employment preparation coaching booths on the lower deck alongside a computers station where people can apply for jobs and have employment. Once converted our plans are to take the bus to areas of Birmingham that has some of the highest levels of unemployment in the UK so people can access our support into employment.
The big conversion project
The donated retired National Express West Midlands bus was officially handed over to Suited for Success on Friday 10th June. Over the summer we’ll be rolling our sleeves up for an exciting collaborative project to convert the bus with the help and support from a number of construction companies also business pro-bono support from graphic design and marketing to business staff volunteer days already on standby, We are hoping to get the bus on the road by September.
Into the heart of our communities
Rachel James, UK HR Director at National Express, said: ”National Express are passionate about the communities we serve and are proud to support Suited for Success. The initiative supports people that need a helping hand to get back into employment, and get their lives back on track.
We are so pleased to donate a bus to Suited to succeed, to enable the scheme to be driven into the heart of communities and help to give people that much needed chance to gain meaningful employment. “
Levelling the playing field
At Suited for Success our mission is to level the playing field for unemployed people to realise their potential and regain employment. We often hear the term ‘hard to reach communities’. Our bus will take Suited for Success on the road to reach and support more unemployed people living in communities across Birmingham and the West Midlands with some of the highest levels of unemployment in the country, helping people to access our charity’s support to gain employment.
Birmingham currently has a 12.4% unemployment rate which is the highest among the UK’s core cities and well above the UK average of 5.2%. Several areas across the city are experiencing some of the highest levels of unemployment in the country with the highest concentration in Birmingham’s inner-city areas – where Suited for Success is located.
Employment changes lives
We help people to unlock their potential and make that first move back into employment. Our coaching and FREE interview and work clothing support gives people the tools they need to begin their employment journey. So when they're ready to take that first step into the interview room, or a new workplace, they're equipped with the skills to impress, look and feel the part and be ready to step into the rest of their life.
We are so incredibly grateful to National Express West Midlands for believing in our vision and donating us a bus to help carry out our mission.
High-Five us and donate a fiver
Love what we do? High-five us by donating a fiver. Get on board our exciting new Suited for Success bus journey helping even more unemployed people into work by donating just £5. Simply scan the QR code, click the Just Giving button or text HIGHFIVE to 70450 to donate.
Thank you for supporting our work in making a real difference – helping people into employment and changing lives.
Or text HIGHFIVE to 70450 to donate £5.
(plus the cost of a standard rate message.)
Get Onboard and support us
If you're a business who would also like to help us with the conversion of our bus or would like to know more about our bus sponsorship opportunities to help fund our work we love to hear from you, please get in touch email: firstname.lastname@example.org