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We are pleased to announce the Baristas program has received new funding and we are up and running again!  Thanks to funding from the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Society and the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Innovation.

The Baristas 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.


Information Session on the new Baristas Training Program (the model under Work BC) for all interested participants next Wednesday, Sept 17th at 11am at Midtown Employment Services Centre (110 East 3rd Avenue).   

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"


  • There are three service components that provide youth with workshops and work experiences where they can acquire basic employment skills:

    • Four weeks of employability and life skills
    • Three weeks of work experience
    • One 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 weekly training allowance through out the entire program.
  • Intensive, highly effective life and employability skills
  • High quality retail/hospitality work experience
  • First Aid, Food Safe, World Host and WHMIS

 Next Program Dates: 

Start Date
Applications Accepted
 June 24th, 2014 - Vancouver
 May 12-May 30, 2014
 August 19, 2014 - Surrey
 July 14- August 1, 2014

September 23rd - Vancouver

October 14, 2014 - Surrey

 Sept 1 - Sept 19, 2014
 January 6, 2015 - Surrey
 Nov 17 - Dec 5, 2014

 Baristas Application Form

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


Youth between 15 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

Surrey Baristas Program
10328 Whalley Boulevard Surrey, BC   V3T 4H4
For details and program specific information, please see the program brochure: Baristas Program Brochure

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

Judy Crooks
Program Coordinator
Phone: (604) 951-4821 Email:
Referrals to the Baristas Program can come from any source, including the youth themselves, parents, social workers, foster parents, youth workers, etc... However, before participating in the program a youth must meet with a case manager at their local Employment Resource Centre.  For detailed information on the program click on the following link:
Baristas Program Brochure

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.
There are no fees for this program
Program funded by the Government of Canada