The Educational Assistant Internship program provides training for individuals who have a desire to work as an Educational Assistant (EA) within the school system. This program runs from September through June.
Training involves classroom theory and practicum based experience. Participants in this program attend workshops every Monday at Jobworks for a theory component. The remainder of the week is spent at a practicum placement in a public school. Participants work in cooperation with school administrators, resource teachers, and their mentor(s) for guidance and support. Once the theory and practicum components of the training are completed, the participants are expected to engage in an intensive job search that generally results in substitute hours, term positions, or full time employment as an Educational Assistant during the months of April through June.
Applicants must have a Grade 12 Diploma in order to apply for this program. Individuals whose primary language is not English or whose previous education was in another language will require a level of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to apply.
It is critical that applicants are caring, reliable, and have a strong desire to help children and/or youth. Most applicants have school experience as a volunteer, lunch supervisor, substitute Educational Assistant, or have an education degree from another country. Recommendations from principals, resource teachers, or classroom teachers are an asset.