Epic Jobs


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

Grade 7 & 8 students from across the Grand Erie region will 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 students, this will be their first look at the many cool careers in the trades.

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

Interested in volunteering at the event? We would love to have you! Click here to complete the volunteer registration form! 

Interested in participating in 2019? Email epicjobs@workforceplanningboard.org for more information or click to download the sponsor or exhibitor information packages.  

Latest News Releases for EPIC Jobs 2019

Local grants support upcoming EPIC Jobs event


Up Close Look at Epic Jobs 2017 & 2018

Watch our videos and check out the photo gallery to see what students learned at Epic Jobs 2017 & 2018. The event got rave reviews from students, teachers, and participating companies/sponsors. 

Epic Job Superstar Speaker Series

presented in 2019 by:

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 McMillan 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 2018 EPIC Jobs Event:

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