BladeRunners Program

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This program has been helping unemployed, at-risk youth prepare for and find employment for the last 25 years. 

BladeRunners provides life skills, job readiness skills, work experience/on-the-job training, job coaching and ongoing supports to unemployed youth at risk.

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

Eligibility
Youth between 15 and 30 years old, with multiple barriers to employment are eligible.

Locations
Throughout B.C.

Duration
Program services are available for up to 18 months.

Services
Employment-related training and support for youth:

  • Life skills training
  • Job readiness skills
  • Certification courses such as WHMIS, WCB Awareness and First Aid Level 1
  • Job coaching and support 24 hr/day, 7 days/wk.
  • Workplace communication
  • Job placement opportunities

Funding
BladeRunners is funded through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA), which replaces the Canada-BC Job Fund Agreement. The new WDA provides B.C. with more funding and flexibility to address provincial labour market needs. 

British Columbia strives to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy with a focus on poverty and inequality reduction. We are working to create good-paying jobs for British Columbians while ensuring people from every background have the opportunity to reach their full potential.