Fashion event to help students in job search

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Auckland, July 16, 2018
In a bid to help students and the local South Auckland community increase their chances of employment, Ignite Colleges has teamed up with the not-for-profit, Dress for Success Auckland, to host a unique fashion event.
Set for July 31 at Ignite Colleges (Manukau Campus, 98 Kerrs Road), the show will see Ignite students take to modelling a range of professional attire, perfect for job interviews.
Dress for success
These new and pre-loved items donated by the community for women seeking employment will be displayed to promote the dressing service offered by Dress for Success. In addition, Dress for Success will offer a pop-up sale of non-interview clothing from 4 pm and again after the fashion parade – all for only $5 apiece.
Dress for Success has been providing professional work-wear to women in need for 19 years in Auckland.
First in South Auckland
Dress for Success Auckland Executive Manager Margot Minett Earwaker said, “We run three similar clothing sales each year in central Auckland, but this will be a first for South Auckland. We have been wanting to build a stronger presence in the South Auckland area for some time now, and this exciting new initiative has come about as a result of our partnership with Ignite Colleges.”
Sixty laundry bags of donated new and pre-loved clothing items will be available for sale – mainly women’s but some men’s items too!
Building confidence
For Ignite Colleges General Manager Jasbir Kaur, the fashion event is a great way to boost South Aucklanders’ awareness of the Dress for Success organisation and help build the confidence and work-readiness of Ignite’s students.
“Ignite Colleges has a strong focus on preparing our students in all aspects of work-readiness before they graduate. Looking the part for a job interview is one of those aspects,” she said.
“We are extremely impressed with the great work Dress for Success does, and many of our students have used their services. Hosting this fashion event is an opportunity for us to show our support of this worthwhile charity and connect with those in the South Auckland community who could benefit from their services,” she added.
The event will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm, and in addition to the fashion show and clothing sale, will include inspirational speeches from Miss Australasia 2017, Jasdeep Basra and Judge Soana Moala of the Manukau District Court.
Guests will be treated to culinary art created by Ignite’s cookery students together with coffees and mocktails whipped up by the provider’s hospitality students.
“It is a good opportunity for our students to showcase their skills to the public and build confidence – which is another crucial aspect of employment success,” Ms Kaur said.
About Ignite Colleges
Ignite Colleges is a tertiary education provider with a vision of building brighter futures for South Aucklanders. They deliver practical, employment-focussed training in areas of skills shortage, including Cookery, Hospitality, Early Childhood Education, Freight & Logistics, Security, Healthcare, Maths & English, and Pre-Police & Defence Force training. Eighty percent of Ignite’s students are Maori and Pasifika.
About Dress for Success:
Dress for Success was launched in 1997 to help women all over the world achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. The organisation provides women with professional clothes, a support network and skills and mentoring to help them secure and retain employment and develop a career. Today, Dress for Success has 163 affiliates in more than 30 countries.
To reserve your seat, please phone 0800-200345. Email
Photo Caption:
Jasbir Kaur

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