The KickAss Mission

To teach the young hands of today to build the world of tomorrow

through apprenticeship, technical programs and the armed forces.







Three E's to Success

We believe our three E’s to student success extends far beyond our presentations.

We take great pride in our abilities to connect with students and excite them about the vast career possibilities in MITC sectors.

The most important part of our work begins when the presentation ends

We want to ensure students have an opportunity to reach out to us at any time. We have an online presence via social media and the web where students can feel safe to continue the conversation by networking with our team of mentors/ambassadors. Those who are pursuing or have achieved successful MITC careers are encourage to pay it forward by sharing their accomplishments with others and through our media platforms.

Endless opportunities and pathways in Mechanical, Technology, and Industrial, Technology and Construction


Let’s face it, not everyone wants to be a lawyer, doctor or white-collar professional. Several prefer mechanical, practical and visual means of learning rather than academic programs through college and university.


There are so many pathways to lucrative careers for those who enjoy building things. Hands-on skills are required in many professions especially mechanical, industrial and construction occupations. Furthermore practical experience offers great advantages to those pursuing careers in technology sectors related to MITC positions.


Look at the infrastructure all around us. Everything from the furthest satellite station in space to the equipment used in the deepest mine has been designed, built and continually maintained by someone in an MITC career. As long as there is human life on earth there will be a need for engineers, skilled builders, mechanics and creative workers with unique skill sets. Through apprenticeship, technical education and STEM programs men and women are traveling worldwide with transferable skills making white-collar salaries designing, building and maintaining our ever changing, evolving world.


From a student in high school to the company owner sporting the white hat there are endless opportunities and pathways in Mechanical, Industrial, Technology and Construction.



During the mid-’40s to the early 60’s, there was a huge increase in the population. They were known as the “baby boomers.” Due to the age factor, approximately 48% of them will soon be retiring. This means there will be 1000’s employers looking for employees.


Over the past few decades we entered into the new technology and information era; the focus shifted away from blue-collar careers. Vocational streams were removed from schools and students were urged to pursue white-collar professions such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants. Regardless of academics or interest young men and women were encouraged to enroll in college and university.


Livelihoods in building, construction, and mechanics were frowned upon or considered jobs for the uneducated. Along the way, we as a society overlooked the importance of skilled professions and the demand for workers to design, build and maintain infrastructures such as our homes, workplaces, roads, and landmarks.


With the increasing population, there will always be the necessity for shelter, workplaces, and transportation, which embrace opportunities in engineering, construction, and ongoing maintenance.


Presently, there are many career prospects in those sectors, however, due to a lack of manpower to fill the gaps in the mechanical, industrial, technological, and construction sectors.

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HOSTED BY Jamie McMillan



Jamie McMillan is the founder and primary spokesperson of KickAss Careers. She is a Motivational Speaker, Journeyman Ironworker, Apprentice Boilermaker, Author, Visionary and Advocate for Skilled Trades, Technology, Mental Health, Homelessness and Youth.

She became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working a male dominated workforce and is on mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes.


Through KickAss Careers Jamies travels approximately 30 weeks a year providing engaging keynote presentations and workshops to more than 50,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America.Her efforts have gained international notoriety for opening doors and

minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors.


Over the years Jamie has received the Top 20 Under 40 Award for making an impact in the metal trades, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Champion Award and District School Board of Niagara Technology Education Partnership Award for her commitment to youth in schools across the province of Ontario. 

In 2018 she received the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award for being a trailblazer excelling in her field promoting leadership and equal advancement opportunities. In 2019 Jamie was named a co-chairon a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to create a campaign to promote careers in skilled trades as first choice pathways to youth for the Canadian Federal Government by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Jamie continues to speak professionally across North America, works on various construction sites across the country whenever possible and enjoys helping out at a homeless shelter for women.

In her free time she loves to hang out  with family, friends, travel, climb mountains and hike with her cat Spud.


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