Ready for Retail is back! The second season of the popular retail training program started in Haliburton on January 28 and runs until May 13.
Here are some of our trainees gaining hands on experience out in the community! If you see them make sure to say hello and give them a smile.
Meet our 2019 retail trainees:
Job goals: Part-time retail.
Experience: Retired professional.
Strengths: Sense of humour, a good listener and believes in doing the right thing.
Grateful for: Living her dream life.
Job goals: To have a job helping people and to run a small business.
Experience: Customer service for retail, inventory control, running cash, and getting orders ready for sales ordered through food services and cleaning sector for an independently owned and operated restaurant and camp.
Strengths: Dependable, a good listener and a team player.
Grateful for: Life, family and friends.
Job goals: To be working with nature.
Experience: Running a farm, working at temp agencies.
Strengths: Punctual, reliable and flexible.
Grateful for: Her pets.
Job goals: To work in a computer related business.
Experience: Worked in the grocery business.
Strengths: Hardworking, passionate and grateful.
Grateful for: The opportunity to be in Ready for Retail.
Job goals: To work in retail doing inventory control.
Experience: Customer service and deliveries for a lumber company.
Strengths: Good with people, hardworking and goal oriented.
Grateful for: That I still have my mom around.
Job goals: To work in fashion retail.
Experience: Completed computer courses through Fleming CREW.
Strengths: Hardworking, punctual and organized.
Grateful for: Her sense of fashion.
Job goals: To work in retail.
Experience: Has completed computer courses.
Strengths: Independent, likes to laugh and talk.
Grateful for: To be walking and healthy.
Job goals: To be a helpful employee.
Experience: President of the Haliburton Legion Ladies Auxiliary
Strengths: Always punctual, organized, likes to keep busy and is hardworking.
Grateful for: Sunshine.
To view an outline of the curriculum for Ready for Retail click here.
“I got my current job (which I LOVE!) as a result of the Ready for Retail training…it was a great program and I would recommend to anyone!” Past graduate of Ready for Retail
One of the biggest sector employers in Haliburton County is retail. Retailers in the County attempt to hire hundreds of staff annually, often with limited success. Ready for Retail focuses on helping trainees gain retail sales skills, and helps to move individuals who have difficulty working to employable individuals with the skills and confidence needed to succeed as an employee.
Ready for Retail provides on-the-job retail training for 8-12 unemployed or underemployed adults. There are some unique key elements that ensure its success:
1. A gratitude platform/philosophy that underpins all aspects of the training
2. Having all trainees work half a day a week at Thrift Warehouse Haliburton (a SIRCH social enterprise) as well as having a second placement with a retail setting in the county half a day a week.
3. Promoting meaningful ongoing interaction between the trainees and the public.