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The BladeRunners Baristas Training Program has been recognized as winner of the BC Career Development Award of Excellence 2004.  Furthermore, the Baristas Program was recognized as an example of best practice in youth employment programming by the BC Chamber of Commerce Critical Skills Taskforce, and at the Roundtable on Best Practices in Career Development sponsored by the BC Career Information Partnership and the BC Chamber of Commerce.

The Baristas Training program is funded by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Society (ACCESS) and the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Innovation. 

Barista Training Program Features

Information Sessions on the new Baristas Training Program (the model under Work BC) for all interested participants next Vancouver Information Session for Baristas is Tuesday, March 3th from 11am-12pm at Vancouver Midtown ESC, 110 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

Surrey Information Session is Wednesday, March 4th from 11am-12pm at Fleetwood/Guildford ESC, #202-10334 152A Street, Surrey, BC.   

Baristas' Mission

To provide youth with barriers to employment with employability skills and a dynamic work experience in Starbucks outlets, assisting with the attainment of exciting careers in the growing retail food service sector


Phase 1

2 weeks of life skills, WHIMIS and First Aid

Phase 2

2 weeks of employability sills, Foodsafe, WorldHost, Safe Harbour and Serving it Right

Phase 3

4 weeks of work experience at a local Starbucks Canada Store, 6 hour shifts, 4 times a week

Phase 4

 1 week of personal job search and graduation

  • Through involvement with Starbucks and the Starbucks internship, provide youth with a powerful opportunity for extensive life skill enhancement, advanced employability skills, and career development

  • Provide youth with life skills and the enhancement of self-esteem designed to improve their long-term employment prospects

  • Provide workshops designed to introduce youth to workplace health and safety practices as well as an introduction to retail service standards

  • To assist youth not only in the development of employability skills but also towards becoming an empowered and contributing citizen


  • Provide job coaching for three months

  • Paid training allowance for phases 2,3 and 4 of the program. 

  • Intensive, highly effective life and employability skills

  • High quality retail/hospitality work experience

  • First Aid, Food Safe, World Host, Safe Harbour, Serving it Right and WHIMIS

Next Program Dates: 

Start Dates Surrey

Application Deadline

 April 7th, 2015 

 March 7th, 2015

 July 7th, 2015 

 June 7th, 2015

 September 29th, 2015

 August 29th, 2015

Start Dates Vancouver

Application Deadline

 April 14th, 2015

 March 14th, 2015

 July 14th, 2015

 June 14th, 2015

 October 6th, 2015

 September 6th, 2015

Baristas Application Form

Please send your application, resume and cover letter to: or fax to: 604-951-4808.


Youth between 16 and 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection who are:

  • Not a full time student
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted conventional refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Not participating in another Canada - British Columbia Labour Market Agreement funded program
  • Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits (Clients who are EI eligible, currently in receipt of EI or in Reachback, may be referred to a YES program if other eligibility criteria are met. If a client is currently in receipt of EI and is accepted into a YES program, the client’s EI claim must be terminated before commencing participation in the project. Priority will be given to non EI eligible clients
  • In need of assistance in order to overcome employment barriers
There are no fees for this program
Program funded by the Government of Canada
Surrey Baristas Program
10328 Whalley Blvd. Surrey, BC  V3T 4H4


For overall program information, including program design, curriculum,partnership development and expansion, please contact:

Judy Crooks
Program Coordinator
Phone: (604) 809-9097 Email:

Application Process:
To successfully apply for the Baristas Programs, the youth must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must clearly and generously include a list of employability skills and any personal challenges and barriers the youth faces. They should also describe why they would benefit from the life skills component, and why they would be a good fit for a work experience in a Starbucks store.