CSETS BladeRunners is an innovative Employment Readiness Program designed to give unemployed Indigenous youth a chance to gain valuable work experience and skills training that will help them make the transition to long-term employment. It provides life skills, job readiness skills, work experience, on-the-job training, job coaching and ongoing supports.

BladeRunners provides employers with a wage subsidy of $3 per hour for every $11 per hour (minimum) paid by the employer.

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BladeRunners Coordinator – Glenn Boyda with Tsawout Graduate



Indigenous youth, between 15-30 years, who are unemployed but have a strong desire to work and are not receiving Employment Insurance are encouraged to join the program.


Participants will successfully complete industry-specific intensive skills enhancement courses, which will include certifications. All participants receive a stipend during the training.


Participates are then placed into the workforce to gain valuable work experience and skills. People sometimes begin with entry level jobs and move up to more challenging employment.

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