BladeRunners is an award winning provincially funded program providing free life skills and job readiness training to youth ages 15 to 30, in order to succeed in the local job market.
Programs run one to two times per year and may have either a construction, landscape/grounds maintenance labourer or hospitality focus. A variety of customized certifications are included such as first aid, WHMIS, flagging, forklift and Construction Safety Training Systems, FoodSafe, Serving it Right, barista, cashier and customer service training. In the construction based program, the curriculum will include a tools and safety orientation.
Once participants complete the program, employers who hire our graduates may receive a wage subsidy for up to four weeks from the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society (CVIJOBS). The ultimate goal is long term employment for our participants.
What are the requirements in order to be considered for the program?
Those who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
- youth between the ages of 15 through 30
- unemployed or under-employed
- non-EI recipient
- out of school
- living in British Columbia
- legally entitled to work in Canada
- barriers to employment (i.e. lack of experience or certification, financial hardship, lack of tools and equipment, lack of social supports: family, friends, community) but are ready and willing participate!
Our staff are happy to share more information and can be reached at 250.248.3205.
As limited space is available, interested youth must attend a free information session and follow up with an interview to determine suitability for the program.
Stay tuned for our next offering of BladeRunners in Fall of 2021 or Spring 2022!!