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 BladeRunners. It has been recognized at numerous provincial and national conferences and has received awards for teamwork and innovation in partnerships. The Baristas Training Program provides support, guidance, and training for at-risk youth, helping to prepare them for employment and increase their health and well-being, thus reducing poverty in the Lower Mainland.

Program Features

Participants in the Baristas Training Program receive:

  • Five weeks of life and employability workshops
  • Five certificates: First Aid, WHMIS, FoodSafe, Serving it Right, and SuperHost
  • Four weeks of work experience at a local Starbucks store (six-hour shifts, four 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 full-time students
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have 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



    Fleetwood/Guildford WorkBC Employment Services Centre
    #201B – 10334 152A Street
    Surrey, BC V3R 7P8

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  • Vancouver

    Midtown WorkBC Employment Services Centre
    110 East 3 Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8

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The Baristas Training Program is dedicated to providing youth, who have 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.


Contact Information

Surrey: 604-992-2133

Vancouver: 604-999-2301

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 Dates at Vancouver Midtown ESC – 110 East 3 Avenue:

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Friday, January 4, 2019, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Surrey Information Session Dates at Fleetwood/Guildford ESC – #201B – 10334 152A Street:

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Fleetwood/Guildford ESC - #201B - 10334 152A Street

Start Date January 21, 2019

Application Deadline N/A

Vancouver Midtown ESC - 110 East 3 Avenue

Start Date January 14, 2019

Application Deadline N/A


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