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Retail Ready by WINS enables individuals to gain access to a holistic training program which fosters a positive and accepting environment to all those participating. Not only will individuals gain access to skills and knowledge tailored to the retail industry, they will also gain the confidence to get back out into the professional job market.


Please note that what we are offering is an employment training program, not a job opportunity. If you are interested in working at WINS, please visit our careers page. For more information, please contact Retail Ready Coordinators at or call (403) 852-0954

Why join Retail Ready?

The program focuses on teaching individuals self-sufficiency, can help shape workplace and individual values and build skills focused on retail ready competencies.

Benefits to Participants:

  • 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

  • Gain retail industry technical skills and employment competencies

  • Increase self-sufficiency and independence

  • Develop values and attitudes that contribute to life & work success

  • Build meaningful connections in a positive and accepting environment.

Program Information

The six-week program offers a mix of classroom and in-store training at WINS thrift stores to give participants hands-on experience.

  • Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • 4 weeks of instruction at either of the two locations: Dover and Beltline

  • 2 weeks of work experience in a WINS Thrift Store


  • Complete and Submit Retail Ready Application Form

  • You will be contacted by phone and email (check your junk or spam folder) in order of application received 2 –3 weeks prior to intake start date.

  • Please note, if we do not hear back from you within 3 business days, we will assume you are no longer interested in attending.

  • Complete intake interview

  • Review Retail Ready Orientation Package

Participant Eligibility

Review the following to see if you are eligible to apply:

  • 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, and speak) Canadian benchmark level 5-6

  • Able to participate for the entire 6 weeks

  • Able to provide satisfactory results of a Vulnerable Sector Search check through Calgary Police Service


Are you ready?

The six-week program offers a mix of classroom and in-store training at WINS Thrift Stores to give participants hands-on experience. Please refer to the application form for available intake dates. Ready to apply? Click on the 'Apply Now' button below.

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