CSETS BladeRunners is an innovative employment readiness program designed to give unemployed First Nations youth a chance to gain valuable work experience and skills training that will help them make the transition to long-term employment. They all have a strong desire to enter the workforce.

Targeted Coast salish Participants

Unemployed youth (between the ages of 15-30) who have not made a long-term successful transition into the construction and trades industry (all participants will have a First Nations background)
More than likely, have not worked or attended an educational institution in the last 6 months but have always wanted a chance to prove themselves and gain skills and work experience necessary for long-term employment
No E.I. (employment insurance) attachment

Summary of the program

All participants will receive a stipend during training
BladerRunners provides employers with a wage subsidy of $3 dollars/hour for every $11/hour (minimum) paid by the employer
Training: All BladeRunner participants will have successfully completed an intensive skills enhancement course (certifications included), dependent on the type of industry intake we would be offering in the community.
Employment: BladeRunner participants are then placed into the workforce to gain valuable work experience and skills, sometimes by first starting at an entry level, and eventually move upwards to permanent, challenging employment, if possible.

“Opening Doors to a Better Future”

201-5462 Trans Canada Hwy
Duncan BC V9L 6W4
Contact: Glenn Boyda 250-701-2308 (KOPTHUT/HET ZONE/WILNEW)


Silken Bob is another Bladerunner success story. Silken took the Career Exploration through Bladerunners in partnership with Snaw Naw As First Nation. Her attendance and attitude were great. After completing the program, she applied for the front reception position at Snaw Naw As Nation and was successful!

Along with receiving many certifications (First Aid, WHMIS,  Customer Service, Worksafe Safety, Bullying and Harassment, Employers and Employees Right and Responsibilities, WCB Hearing, Hazard Recognition Control, Confined Space and Musculoskeletal Prevention), she also received lifeskills and essentials that helped her get employment-ready.  

Another part of the program that is becoming increasingly popular in all Bladerunner intakes is Cultural Teachings. This entails either going up to the mountains, or having the teachings in the community. The Snaw Naw As participants all participated in drum-making, canoeing, medicine walk, cedar weaving and carving. Silken adds, "I really enjoyed the cultural part of the program. I learned to be proud of who I was and where I come from. I learned I need to know more of my culture...!" The drum hanging on the wall of the attached picture is the one she proudly displays in her office.

We are proud of Silken and congratulate her on her new job!

201 - 5462 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4 Tel: (250)746-0183 Fax: (250)746-0189 Toll Free: 1-888-811-3919