Education Works


“Prosperity through training, education and lifelong learning”

Visit the Education Works page for more information about the project.

Education Works Alliance is a broad-based community partnership dedicated to building “prosperity through training, education and lifelong learning.” The Education Works Alliance brings together educational institutions, employment services, social service providers, public libraries and business representation to promote access to and awareness of learning and education. We are committed to carrying out actions that will raise the education, literacy and skill levels of adults in Brantford, Brant, Six Nations, New Credit, Haldimand and Norfolk in order to  in order to improve educational attainment rates, and job opportunities. We want to create a culture for learning, and improve the reputation of Grand Erie as being a “centre of learning” and create a culture that values education and learning as a pathway to prosperity. Through this, we want to strengthen and develop the talent and skill-levels of the workforce, creating a better environment for investment and economic growth in the emerging “creative economy”. The Alliance was started and is facilitated by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, after the community identified a need for a regional education strategy. In April 2012, Education Works Alliance received financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for two years. We thank the Trillium Foundation for their support.

Ontario Trillium Fund Logo

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Contact information

For more information about Education Works, contact Rob Rombouts at the Workforce Planning Board at 519-756-1116, ext. 225, or by email at

Education Works Champions Video

Education, Employment and Social Service organizations from Grand Erie make up the Alliance:

  • Brant Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  • Brant Skills Centre
  • Brantford Public Library
  • CareerLink Community Employment Centre
  • Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant
  • City of Brantford – Social Services
  • Community Resource and Employment Service
  • Conestoga College
  • County of Brant Economic Development
  • County of Brant Public Library
  • Fanshawe College – Simcoe
  • Grand Erie District School Board
  • Grand Erie Immigration Partnership
  • Grand River Community Health Centre
  • Grand Valley Education Society
  • Haldimand County Public Library
  • Haldimand Norfolk Social Services
  • Laurier Brantford
  • Literacy Link South Central
  • March of Dimes Canada, Brantford
  • Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development
  • Norfolk County Public Library
  • Ontario Association of Career Colleges
  • School College Work Initiative, Grand River Region
  • St. Leonard’s Community Services
  • U.A. Local 67 Technical Trades Academy
  • Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie
  • YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services
Goals and Strategies

The Alliance undertakes a number of different projects and campaigns to meet its goals. These include:

  • developing an online database of services available to residents interested in obtaining more education, specifically focused on education that would improve their likelihood of employment;
  • the Education Champions campaign, highlighting people who have overcome obstacles or remained devoted to lifelong learning, and have improved their lives through education
  • Lifelong Learning Week (Sept 17th to Sept 21st), with many different education events going on
  • hosting a community summit bringing together opinion and business leaders to develop solutions to problems around education in the area.
Education Works Champions campaign

We want to publicly recognize outstanding people in our community who have used learning and education as a pathway to achieve personal and career goals. We want to showcase people in Grand Erie who demonstrate that Education WORKS.

Education Works Champions newspaper section


2013 Education Works Champions

2012 Education Works Champions


We are collecting information about what education- and training-related programs & services are available to serve Grand Erie residents. This information will be made available to the public, so you can see what your options are, in an easily understandable and accessible format.

Media Coverage

Skills, knowledge of major importance in trades
(Brantford Expositor column) – May 9, 2013

Literacy: It’s about more than reading and writing (Brantford Expositor column) – Apr. 25, 2013

Need to upgrade skills a lifelong journey (Brantford Expositor column) – Apr 11, 2013

The changing face of post-secondary education (Brantford Expositor column) – Mar 28, 2013

Building a ladder to career success (Brantford Expositor column) – Mar 14, 2013

Need a Job? Not too late to get your Grade 12 (Brantford Expositor column) – Feb 28, 2013

The Economy of Ideas (Brant Advocate) – Nov 2012

Nominations accepted for adults making a difference by going back to school (CD98.9) – Nov 2012

Seeking local Education Champions (Teka News – Page 17) – Oct 2012

Seeking educational role models in Brant (Brantford Expositor story) – Oct 2012

Lots planned for Lifelong Learning Week (Brantford Expositor story) – Sept 2012

Lifelong Learning Week back in Haldimand (Dunnville Chronicle story) – Sept 2012

Brantford Public Library column: It’s never too late to learn (Brantford Expositor) – Sept 2012

New group aims to boost post-secondary choices (Paris Star story) – Jan 2012

New group aims to boost post-secondary choices (Brantford Expositor story) – Jan 2012

The search is on for education champions (Dunnville Chronicle story) – Jan 2012

Search on for Education Works Champions (Simcoe Reformer story) – Jan 2012

MPP Perspective- Dave Levac column (Brant News) – Dec 2011

Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie looking for a few good men and women (CD 98.9FM story) – Dec 2011


Click on the documents below to view or download.

Education Works Champions newspaper section

Education Works Champions Nomination Form

Education Works meeting schedule 2012-13

Education Works Terms of Reference

Achieving Our Potential Strategic Plan

George Schrijver presentation Nov. 17, 2011