BladeRunners is a FREE employment readiness program for people between the ages of 17 – 30 who are experiencing barriers to employment and would benefit from employment support and on-going mentorship.
The program started in 1994 in Vancouver during the construction of BC Place. Youth from the Downtown east side were hired as labourers to support the construction of the hockey arena. That is where the name "BladeRunners" comes from! The BladeRunners program consists of two weeks in the classroom followed by one week of assisted job search. You can choose from either construction or hospitality with training that includes:
The program provides job readiness and employability skills, assisted job search, ongoing support, and mentorship. In addition to a $200 completion bonus, breakfast and lunch is provided each day, along with bus tickets to get to and from training each day.
Once a job is secured you receive the appropriate safety gear and tools (if required). Program staff maintain contact with you to assist in dealing with issues that arise on and off of the worksite. Graduates of the program can qualify for further training to enhance their work skills.
Our next hospitality intakes are February 13 and March 5! Ready to get started? Call or text us at 250-386-3428 to set up an interview! You can also visit visit BladeRunners Victoria on Facebook.