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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.

Beyond the Books

  • Four-week Provincial employment-based paid program;
  • On the job experience is an integral part of the training;
  • The program aims to give youth the tools, certificates, confidence and opportunity to reach their full career potential;
  • As a participant, individuals become eligible for financial assistance for transportation, work gear and other equipment required for their new job.

How To Register

Contact our office by email or telephone to get the full details on registration.

Call For Inquiry


Call for information and decide whether BladeRunners is the program for you.


If you want to move forward, complete an application form and go through the interview process.


If you are accepted into the program, relax and get ready for your first day of training!

When is the next program running?

BladeRunners program intake and run dates are as follows:

Group 1: Intake: before April 26 / Program Run Date: May 13 to June 7, 2024.
Group 2: Intake: before June 14 / Program Run Date: July 02 to July 26, 2024.
Group 3: Intake: before July 19 / Program Run Date: August 06 to August 30, 2024.
Group 4: Intake: before August 23 / Program Run Date: September 09 to October 04, 2024.
Group 5: Intake: before October 04 / Program Run Date: October 14 to November 08, 2024.
Group 6: Intake: before January 03 / Program Run Date: January 13 to February 07, 2025.
Group 7: Intake: before January 31 / Program Run Date: February 18 to March 14, 2025.


Examples of Typical Training


Serving It Right

Serving It Right is British Columbia’s responsible liquor sales and service program for industry workers, that everyone involved in the sale and service of liquor has to take. It is designed to help make sure that the service and sale of liquor is done according to the law and in a way that keeps customers, guests and others safe from alcohol-related harms.


Industrial First Aid

This hands-on and interactive one-day Level 1 course teaches workers how to deal with the most common occupational first-aid emergencies. At the end of this course, the successful candidate will be a certified WorkSafeBC Level 1 (OFA Level 1) First-Aid Attendant


Forklift Certification

Forklifts/Lift trucks are integral pieces of equipment used to move and handle material safely in a variety of industrial settings. Their widespread use requires that individuals working with and around forklifts recognize hazards associated with the equipment and the environment in which they are operated. For that reason, certification provides proof of training in this work area.


Job Coaching

Similar to a sports coach who helps athletes train for their sport, NYSA’s job coach helps our clients prepare for employment. Also known as job developers and career counselors,  our job coaches work for NYSA’s clients to provide them with one-on-one career guidance, job leads and ongoing support in the early days of employment.

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