You’ve Dreamed of a Better Career. Now Train for It!

The Careers in Retail Initiative is a unique program designed to equip experienced, entry-level employees with the skills and credentials to advance to in-demand, mid-level management careers. Participants who meet all requirements will receive assistance with resumes, interview preparation and job placement. 

What is the Careers in Retail Initiative?

The Careers in Retail (CiR) Initiative 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, 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, leadership and soft skills.

By completion of the program, participants will be ready to take on a managerial role in retail and affiliated industries. Participants who meet all requirements will receive assistance with resumes, interview preparation and job placement. 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.


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 the end-of-course interviewing and hiring events to recruit future employees.

Contact us using the form above to discuss opportunities for staff training or recruitment.


About the Grant

The Careers in Retail Initiative is made possible by a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation for a period of two years. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. was one of eight Goodwill agencies across the globe to be selected for this grant.

Get in Touch!

Contact the CiR Staff below or call 865.588.8567 with questions or to schedule your enrollment!


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