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Retail Ready by WINS is a 6-week training program designed to help individuals gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in the retail industry. This program offers a holistic approach that not only focuses on career preparation, but the importance of developing self-sufficiency and other life-management skills. 

For more information, please contact us at or call (403) 852-0954


Ready to apply? Submit your completed application form through the button below.

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. 

Why join Retail Ready?

Retail Ready seeks to empower individuals and help them obtain the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Participants of the program will receive training in different retail skills such as merchandising, customer service, and operating the Point of Sale (POS) system. They will also be given the opportunity to gain on the job experience at one of our WINS Family Thrift Stores.


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

This 6-week program offers a mix of classroom and in-store training to give participants hands-on experience. 

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

  • 4 weeks of classroom instruction and in-store training at either of the two locations: Dover and Beltline 

  • 2 weeks of work experience in a WINS Family Thrift Store

Please refer to the application form for available intake dates.


Eligible participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old

  • Legally eligible to work in Canada

  • Can effectively communicate in English and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level of 5 or higher

  • Must be available to attend the entire duration of the program

Ready to apply?

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to submit your application.

*Someone will contact you by phone or email to discuss your application two to three weeks before the intake start date. Applicants will be contacted in order of the date their application was received.  Please check your junk/spam folder for an email.  Please note that if we do not hear back from you within 3 business days of contacting you, we will assume you are no longer interested in attending and will close your file.  You would have an option to reapply at a later date. Thank you!

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