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.
It 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). These participants were called the “BladeRunners.”
Youth between 15 and 30 years old who face multiple barriers to employment, are eligible.
Program services are available for up to 18 months.
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