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WINS Retail Ready Employment Service

The WINS Retail Ready Employment Service is to provide training and work experience to enable Albertan women to find and maintain employment within the Retail industry. It is a client-centered program that seeks to address and support the holistic needs of the individual. The intent is to provide experiential learning that fosters personal empowerment and values based professional development through classroom and on the job training that will lead to life and work success.

What makes this program distinct from other retail training programs is the whole person approach that recognizes the ‘who you are’ is just as important as ‘what you know’ or ‘what you can do’.  An employer can teach you the tasks of the job but they cannot teach you how to BE the values centered person that makes you a great employee.  The program will endeavor to facilitate self-sufficiency, shape values and attitudes, grow skills and develop retail ready competencies.

Retail Ready Details:

6 Week Program

  • 4 weeks of Instruction • Monday – Friday 9:00am-3:30pm
  • 2 weeks of Work Experience in a WINS Family Thrift Stores

2019/2020 Intakes:

  • March 2 – April 10, 2020
  • April 20 – May 29, 2020
  • June 8 – July 17, 2020

Intake Process:

Benefits to Participants:
  • Financial Gift incentives for attendance and Retail Ready completion
  • Two-week work experience within a WINS Family Thrift Store
  • Obtain a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of service
  • Receive a Letter of Reference if completed at an excellent level
  • Potential to improve participants’ long-term employment situation and income
  • Gain retail industry technical skills and employment competencies
  • Increase self-sufficiency and independence
  • Develop values and attitudes that contribute to life & work success
  • Gain current and relevant Canadian training and work experience
  • Gain understanding of the Canadian work culture
Participant Eligibility
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Demonstrated difficulty in obtaining gainful employment
  • Able to effectively communicate in English (read, write & speak)
  • Able to participate for the entire 6 weeks
  • Able to provide satisfactory results of a Vulnerable Sector Search check through Calgary Police Service

For more information, please contact Derrell Buk (Retail Ready Coordinator) at 403 369 8249 or

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