Barista Training Program Information Session
June 20
#201B-10334 152A St

The award-winning Baristas Training Program is a unique partnership with Starbucks and BladeRunners. It has been recognized at numerous provincial and national conferences and has received awards for teamwork and innovation in partnerships. The Baristas Training Program provides support, guidance, and training for at-risk youth, helping to prepare them for employment and increase their health and well-being, thus reducing poverty in the Lower Mainland.

Program Features

Participants in the Baristas Training Program receive:

  • Five weeks of life and employability workshops
  • Six certificates: First Aid, WHMIS, FoodSafe, Serving it Right, and SuperHost
  • Four weeks of work experience at a local Starbucks store (six-hour shifts, four times a week)
  • Personal job search workshops and a graduation ceremony
  • Transportation support
  • Training allowance
  • Work-experience clothing
  • Lunches and snacks

Program Details


Youth ages 16 through 30 at the time of intake/selection who are:

  • Not full-time students
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted conventional refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Not previous participants of a BladeRunners Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Agreement funded program
  • Not recipients of a post-secondary degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Not currently receiving employment insurance (EI) or in receipt of EI benefits
  • In need of assistance in order to overcome employment barriers

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