BladeRunners Program


What We Do

ACCESS BladeRunners is a provincial employment-based program provided through NYSA and funded by the Government of British Columbia. The program gives young people the tools, certificates, confidence and opportunity to reach their fullest working potential.

BladeRunners has been designed for youth aged 16 to 30 who have encountered barriers or challenges in finding and/or keeping employment. NYSA staff work alongside participants to encourage, empower and support them through this four-week, paid program.

Historically, BladeRunners trained in two main employment fields – Construction and Customer Service. New programs are being tested including Culinary Arts and Security Guard training. Based on which program is running, participants are able to receive various certifications such as Occupational First Aid Level 1, Serving It Right, WHIMIS, FOODSAFE, Ladder Safety, Asbestos and Abatement and/or Fall Protection.

BladeRunners Highlights

  • Four-week Provincial employment-based paid program;
  • Program aims to give youth the tools, certificates, confidence and opportunity to reach their fullest career potential;
  • As a participant in the program, individuals become eligible for financial assistance for transportation, work gear and other equipment required for work.

Youths entering BladeRunners this year


Youths completed BladeRunners this year


BladeRunner Graduates Currently Employed

“From doing the BladeRunners program, I gained various construction tickets which helped me to become employable, allowed me to open up and make friends, and to learn to how to deal with my emotions and life circumstances so it is easier.”

– Eltjo Schaeffer

2019 Goals

  • Develop new and unique training programs that strongly match the needs of our clients and employment trends;
  • Have a higher percentage of youth become employed after completing the BladeRunner program;
  • Expand on the delivery of our program and build at least three strong community partnerships with local organizations;
  • Increase the interest in the BladeRunners program within the Nanaimo and Comox communities;
  • Become more engaged in community activities to help get the program “out there.”

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