Epic Jobs

Epic Jobs is an annual community event designed to open the eyes of students to potential careers in the skilled trades.

Elementary and high school students from across the Grand Erie region get a chance to try hands-on activities connected to various trades, from using a virtual welder to trying virtual reality goggles to changing race car tires. For many girls and boys, it’s their first look at the many cool careers in the trades.

The Workforce Planning Board has organized Epic Jobs in 2018 and 2017, in partnership with the Grand Erie District School Board, the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Up Close Look at Epic Jobs 2018

Watch our videos to see what students learned at Epic Jobs 2018. The event got rave reviews from students, teachers and participating companies/sponsors.

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See more Epic Jobs 2018 video clips below

Cool Careers
Epic Jobs 2018 a Success

Some 1,500 students got a first-hand look at skilled trades jobs at our community’s 2nd Epic Jobs event.

Epic Jobs 2018 took place May 23 at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford.

Students from grades 8 & 10 in the public and Catholic school system got a chance to try hands-on, interactive and fun activities designed to give them a taste of working in skilled trades.

Thirty sponsors and exhibitors participated, showcasing their companies and careers to students, who filled two arenas and a parking lot at the Gretzky Centre.

Activities included using a virtual welding machine or virtual auto body paint booth, building a football with insulating material, making wood products, trying out virtual reality goggles, and competing to change tires on a race car. Students also got to work the controls of a front end loader, climb over a $1 million forestry harvester and have their photos taken while dressed up as construction workers.

Students also got to hear from people working in the trades: celebrity chef Cory Vitiello, auto mechanic and blogger Emily Chung, ironworker Jamie McMillan and video storyteller Jeremy Bout.

Major sponsors included: City of Brantford, Stelco Canada Inc., St. Leonard’s Community Services, Fanshawe College. County of Brant, Tigercat, Carstar Canada, Bowman Precision Tooling, Walters Group Inc. and LiUNA 837 were also sponsors.

We thank all sponsors and exhibitors for their support in making Epic Jobs 2018 a success.

View our photo gallery below

Jobs in skilled trades are cool

That’s the message local students in Grades 8 and 10 heard loud and clear at Epic Jobs on May 17 in Brantford.

Superstars in 4 industries shared their success stories and enthusiasm with about 1,100 area students at Epic Jobs, a day-long event held inside and outside of Galaxy Cinemas Brantford.

A number of local companies, trainers and colleges were on hand to talk about what they do.

Epic Jobs was designed to inspire students to explore new career pathways, in skilled trades, manufacturing, hospitality and other fields, though hands-on, interactive exhibits.

Epic Jobs was a joint venture between the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, Grand Erie District School Board, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and many other community partners. This project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Epic Job Superstar Speakers

Photo of Chef Cory Vitiello

Cory Vitiello is a Brantford-born award-winning chef & star of Food Network’s Chef in Your Ear.
Vitiello is considered a culinary star on the hot and competitive Toronto food scene, having earned acclaim from food critics and being profiled in numerous publications.
Vitiello started cooking out of his parent’s Brantford kitchen at age 15, then attended the Stratford Chef School, and graduated to become an apprentice at Toronto’s well-regarded Saramouche. He later was named Toronto’s best new chef for 2009 and opened successful Toronto restaurants: The Harbord Room, THR & Co., and Flock.

Photo of Emily Chung

Emily Chung is owner of AutoNiche Women’s Auto Repair Service in Toronto and a popular Canadian auto blogger.
Emily launched AutoNiche in 2009 out of frustration with the auto repair business, seeing a need for a repair shop that caters to women.
Emily graduated from university with a degree in psychology and business, but found herself drawn to auto repair. She went back to school as an auto service technician apprentice.
The Toronto resident has appeared on several TV media outlets talking about cars and is a popular auto blogger with the Yummy Mummy Club. She is also a busy speaker, inspiring young women to consider skilled trades.

Jeremy Bout is a filmmaker and host of the innovative Edge Factor video series.
Jeremy is known for pushing the limits, using creativity and digital technology to tell stories that inspire audiences.
Edge Factor produces films that highlight innovative people and teams that create great products that make a difference in people’s lives, from artificial limbs to mountain bike parts.
The popular motivational speaker has inspired students, young people, educators and business leaders to try new things. And Jeremy has promoted challenging careers in advanced manufacturing to a whole new audience.

Jamie McMillian is a ground-breaking female Ironworker from Hamilton, Ontario, who promotes skilled trades to women.
In 2002, Jamie went from being a personal support worker and a server to launching a new career in the male-dominated worlds of ironworking and welding.
Since then, Jamie has been a strong advocate, supporter and mentor for women entering the trades. She launched the Journeyman initiative in 2012 and continues to be an inspiration to others. Jamie is part of KickAss Careers, doing numerous public speaking engagements across North America about the opportunities for women in the trades.

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2017 EPIC Jobs Event:

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