The Careers in Retail (CiR) Initiative is a unique, free program designed to equip experienced, entry-level employees with the skills and credentials to advance to in-demand positions. The program provides the training and support necessary to gain a middle skills/middle management position in retail, food and beverage and/or hospitality and tourism industries.
Participants are able to take assessments on general knowledge, retail skills and work ethic to create individual plans for growth, building on their strengths and assisting to improve their areas of weakness. Participants receive training on content areas such as decision making, human resources and soft skills.
Goodwill will help place participants in middle skill positions in retail, hospitality and food service industries!
By completion of the program, participants will be ready to take on a managerial role in retail and affiliated industries. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a panel style interview process with local employers. Once a participant is offered employment, the Careers in Retail Initiative staff will continue to support the participant for 6 months to ensure stability and success in their new position.
The program offers classes on a weekly basis with a variety of class times and dates offered each month, designed to fit within a busy work schedule. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Classes will start at the beginning of each month. If interested, please use the contact form on the left to get more information abou tthe Careers in Retail Initiative.
Opportunities for Employers
Employers can help grow their business and advance their employees with free, customized training from the Careers in Retail Initiative. Employers are also invited to participate in the end-of-course interviewing and hiring events to recruit future employees. Contact us using the form on the right to discuss opportunities for staff trianing and recruitment.
About the Grant
The Careers in Retail Initiative was made possible by a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation for a period of two years. The program is being piloted by eight selected Goodwill agencies from across the United States and will be facilitated by third-party credentialing organizations to include community colleges and career-training businesses.