BladeRunners is an award-winning provincial employment training program that has been operating throughout BC for over 20 years. Since 1994, this program has helped employers fill entry-level positions with motivated young people. The John Howard Society has been delivering this program in Kelowna since July 2010.
The intent of this program is to provide quality employment readiness training for individuals 16-30 years-old, who face barriers to employment, in an effort to find them meaningful job opportunities.
BladeRunners runs Monday-Friday for 3 weeks and offers life skills/job readiness workshops and certification. Workshops cover topics such as budgeting, effective communication, job search & interview techniques, and stress management. Certification can include:
BladeRunners can also receive additional funding for new tools and clothing to get the new job. As well employers can be eligible for a wage-subsidy. There are no costs for participation in this program.