BladeRunners Program


BladeRunners is a free employment readiness program for men and women between the ages of 17 – 30 who are experiencing barriers to employment and are in need of support, mentorship and employment. The goal of the program is to assist individuals to obtain employment in customer service or construction industries.

The program consists of two weeks in the classroom followed by one week of assisted job search. Depending on the area of interest, participants receive certificate training in:

  • Occupational First Aid level 1
  • WHMIS
  • Food Safe
  • Fall Protection
  • Back and Ladder Safety
  • Additional training is available in:
  • Forklift or Aerial Lift
  • Basic Construction Awareness
  • Cashier / Cash Register Training
  • BC Federation Young Workers Safety Regulations
  • Serving It Right

The program provides job readiness and employability skills, assisted job search, ongoing support, and mentorship. Breakfast and lunch is provided each day, along with bus tickets to get to and from training.

Once a job is secured participants receive the appropriate safety gear and tools (if required). Program staff maintain contact with the participants to assist them 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.

For further information about the program contact the John Howard Society at (250) 386-3428 or visit BladeRunners Victoria on Facebook.



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