One Suffolk College launches corporate clothing library

10:00 a.m. October 5, 2022

A college in Ipswich has opened a professional clothing library, where students can borrow stylish clothing for interviews or events.

A Suffolk Sixth Form College in Ipswich has opened the Clothing Library to help students who don’t have smart clothes get what they need to look as good as possible for whatever they attend.

In addition to picking up clothes for interviews, students can also get interview tips, some of whom have never had to do them before.

Student Alfie Chenery
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Christopher Heath-Robinson, head of business, accounting and economics at One Suffolk Sixth Form College, said: “We have noticed in the past that students, whether it’s events or interviews, often don’t have the clothes they need.

“We’ve also noticed that students sometimes don’t know what to expect when they go to interviews, so they come to us asking if they can wear jeans and trainers to an interview.

“So we set it up so that the students can come and use the clothes and take a look at the wardrobe we have, select the clothes, and then we can give them advice.”

Professor Chris.  Suffolk One offers students smart clothes to borrow if they have an interview

Professor Christopher Heath-Robinson. Suffolk One is giving students smart clothes to borrow if they have to go to an interview
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The wardrobe is open to current students who will be interviewing before leaving college, but also to former college students, who can also use the clothes to keep in touch with former students and help them further.

Mr Heath-Robinson continued: “We have already seen interest.

“We have a business networking breakfast on October 14, so the students have already come and brought out clothes for it so they can dress appropriately when meeting business contacts.

students Alfie Chenery and Alicia Newby.  Suffolk One is giving students smart clothes to borrow i

Students Alicia Newby and Alfie Chenery
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“We expect it to be a lot busier next spring and summer when students head out for job interviews upon graduation.”

The wardrobe, which has been open since the start of the new year, will now operate indefinitely, thanks to donations from staff and businesses that work closely with the college.

The college is always looking for more donations to help them provide even more clothes, either in the form of sponsorship to help with dry cleaning costs and buying new clothes, or from stores who would like to donate clothes.

Student Alicia Newby.  Suffolk One is offering students smart clothes to borrow if they have an int

Student Alicia Newby
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