BladeRunners Program

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This program has been helping unemployed, at-risk young adults prepare for and find employment since 1994.

BladeRunners provides life skills, job readiness skills, work experience/on-the-job training, job coaching and ongoing supports to unemployed or precariously employed young adults at risk. The BladeRunners programs delivered throughout B.C. provide a variety of skills training options. For more information, please contact the service provider in your region.

History
It began in 1994 when a pilot project was started to address the needs of at-risk young adults in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Twenty-five young adults received job placements as labourers to support the construction of GM Place (now Rogers Arena). These participants were called the “BladeRunners.” 

Eligibility
Young adults between 15 and 30 years old who face multiple barriers to employment.

Locations
Throughout B.C.

Services Provided
Employment-related training and support for young adults, such as:

  • Job readiness skills
  • Certification courses (e.g. WHMIS, WCB Awareness, First Aid Level 1)
  • Job coaching and support seven days a week, 24 hours a day
  • Workplace communication skills
  • Job placement opportunities 
  • Life skills training