Baristas Training Program

Providing support, guidance, and training to youth for employment at Starbucks.

  • Employment
  • Youth
  • Youth/Adult 16 - 30

Available in Surrey Vancouver

The award-winning Baristas Training Program is a unique partnership with Starbucks and the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS). It provides support, guidance, and training for at-risk youth, helping to prepare them for employment.

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, WorldHost, Cashier Training
  • Four weeks of work experience at a local Starbucks store (6-hour shifts, 4 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 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 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



    Fraser Regional Office
    10328 Whalley Boulevard
    Surrey, BC, V3T 4H4

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  • Vancouver

    WorkBC Employment Centre
    110 East 3 Avenue
    Vancouver, BC

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The Baristas Training Program is dedicated to providing youth with employment barriers, with employability skills and a dynamic work experience in a Starbucks store. This training helps participants to build their skills and self-esteem, and transition into exciting careers in the hospitality sector.

The Baristas Training Program has been recognized at numerous provincial and national conferences and has received awards for team work and innovation in partnerships. The program is a unique partnership with Starbucks Canada and BladeRunners, increasing health and reducing poverty among at-risk youth in the Lower Mainland.


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Contact Information

Fraser Regional Office
10328 Whalley Boulevard, Surrey
Phone: 604-951-4821

How To Apply

To successfully apply for the Baristas Training Program, youth must submit an application accompanied by a cover letter and resume, and attend a scheduled individual interview. Only 10-12 applicants will be accepted per cycle. Some will be placed on a waitlist and others will be referred to other community resources to further develop skills. The cover letter should describe why the applicant would be a good fit for the program.

Vancouver Information Session Date:

  • December 18, 2017, 1 to 2 p.m. at 110 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver Midtown ESC (WorkBC)
  • ​January 5, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 110 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver Midtown ESC​ (WorkBC)

Surrey Information Session Dates:

  • December 13, 2017, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10328 Whalley Boulevard, Surrey, Fraser Regional Office
  • ​December 19, 2017, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10334 152a Street, Surrey, Suite #202, Fleetwood Guildford ESC (WorkBC)
  • January 3, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10328 Whalley Boulevard, Surrey, Fraser Regional Office




Surrey at Fraser Regional Office - 10328 Whalley Blvd.

Start Date January 8, 2018

Application Deadline N/A

Vancouver Midtown ESC - 110 East 3 Avenue

Start Date January 15, 2018

Application Deadline N/A

Apply for the next Baristas Training Program by submitting your resume and cover letter to