Return of the Bladerunners

BladeRunners helps “youth at greater risk than others of not making a successful transition to the workplace and establishing themselves within the labour market.” They have been identified as facing multiple barriers to employment that are overcome by gaining certain employment-related skills, applied work experience and access to information required to make a successful transition into the workplace. The Office and Customer Service and Tourism (CSTT) training program starting very soon in Powell River, builds community partnerships and connects motivated, job ready youth with valuable employment opportunities in the Office and Customer Service and Tourism Industry.

BladeRunners Office & CSTT Program Mandatory Information Session Dates (you must attend one of these sessions below*):

  • Monday, December 3rd, 2012: 10-11am
  • Tuesday, December 4th, 2012: 10-11am
  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2012: 10-11am

Location: VIU Powell River Campus 100-7085 Nootka St. Powell River, BC

Contact Info: Please call Darren Nivens BladeRunners Project Leader (604) 414.5933

*The Program dates are January 14 – February 22, 2013.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Age 15-30
  • Out of school
  • Out of work
  • No EI attachment
  • Little or no training
  • Barriers to their successful attachment to the work world
  • Little or no work experience
  • Must attend one of the information sessions in order to be considered for the program
  • Must complete a RTWAP (Return To Work Action Plan) with a Career Link Employment Counselor prior to acceptance (call to book an appt. at 604.485.7958)

Participants will:

  •  Participate in 4 weeks of paid in-class skill enhancement
  • Participate in a 2 week paid work exposure/search
  • Be eligible for work clothing allowance.
  • Obtain First Aid OFA Level 1, WHMIS, World Host, Serving It Right, Food Safe, Cashier Training and other related workshops
  • Receive individual support and guidance

Employers will:

  •  Receive up to 60 hours of labour at no cost to the employer paid for by NYSA
  • Connect with job ready and motivated youth

More about the program…

Priority youth are vulnerable youth 15 to 30 years who are challenged by one or more of the following eligibility criteria and risk factors; High School non-completion, disability, Aboriginal ancestry, health, drug and or alcohol related problems, residence in rural or remote location, lone (single) parent, visible or ethnic minorities, Low levels of literacy / numeracy, Language barriers, Street involvement, Contact with the justice, child welfare or social assistance program, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, lack of social supports: family, friends, community, poor self-management and/or behavioural management abilities, and other reasons reflected in the literature.

Life skills curriculum, health and nutrition awareness, alcohol and drug education, employment readiness skills certification training, resume writing, interviewing skills, job development, job coaching, and wage subsidy program. Work experience and training and operates in a variety of industry sectors through work experience in a variety of work settings.

Depending on the program running at the time training has and can provide the following:

  • First Aid level 1
  • Learner’s Driving Certificate
  • Traffic Control
  • Cashier Training
  • Foodsafe Level 1
  • Basic Security Training levels 1&2
  • Worldhost, Serving it Right
  • Security Guard Licensing
  • Pleasure Craft Operators License … and more

Click here to find out more.

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