BladeRunners is an award winning employment program that is recognized nationally and internationally.
BladeRunners targets at-risk youth (15-30 years of age) providing them with basic training designed to facilitate entry into the labour force. Companies from all sectors of industry throughout British Columbia provide employment opportunities for participants and the ultimate goal is for them to gain sufficient skills and experience that will translate into a long-term attachment to the labour force.
History of BladeRunners
Created in '94 during the construction of General Motors Place in Vancouver, BladeRunners was founded with the purpose of matching construction industry needs with opportunities for inner city disadvantaged ‘street-involved’ youth.
Because many of the at-risk youth taking part in the program at that time were experiencing problems outside of their work hours, a system of 24/7 support from BladeRunners coordinators was developed which led to the award winning BladeRunners model.
The Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA) invests in labour market programs and provides funding to deliver BladeRunners programs.
The overall goal of the LMA is to support labour market participation and provides support for eligible beneficiaries
Unemployed individuals who are determined to be non-Employment Insurance clients
Employed individuals who are low-skilled
Employed individuals who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized certification
Employed individuals who have low levels of literacy and essential skills
Certified health and safety training
Life and job-readiness skills, helping participants build self-esteem and confidence
Marketable skills that enhance long-term employment prospects
This development of long-term attachment to the work force is a unique component of the BladeRunners model, which when combined with the development of multi-sector partnerships between the youth, community, employers, trades unions, post-secondary institutions and various levels of government, ensures its overall success.
Watch for our BladeRunners programs running in 2017/18. To be announced soon...