Baristas Program

Surrey & Vancouver

Baristas is a six-week employment program for youth 16-30 years old. The program focuses helping participants find work in the customer service and food industry. The program provides workshops on life and employability skills such as Time Management and Organization, Effective Communication/Conflict Resolution, Financial Literacy, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interview Skills, Skills/Values Assessments, Coping with Stress and Anxiety, Employment Standards/Workplace Safety, Networking, Job Search and Job Maintenance. Participants achieve certificates in Foodsafe, Serving It Right, and SuperHost. Program facilitators assist participants with job search so they can meet their employment and career goals.


Participant Quote

“The Baristas program helped me gain the confidence and skills I needed to get hired at a restaurant. The facilitators genuinely cared about my success and helped support me through the job application and interview process”




16 – 30 years old

Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen or Refugee

Permanent SIN Legally entitled to work in Canada

Resident of Metro Vancouver

Unemployed or precariously employed 25 hours or less per week

Have not participated in another program funded by Access BladeRunners

Able to attend each class in-person

There is a training allowance available

Entrance Requirements

Please fill out the referral form and upload your resume and cover letter. Scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.


Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

FAQ – Baristas

Next cycle starts in September in Vancouver. Scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

The workshops typically occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Yes, we provide a training allowance of $75 per week.

Next Steps

July cohort is FULL.  Next cohort starts in September in Vancouver.

For more information please see the

Referral Form
  • 1 (604) 999-2301