Educational Assistant Apprenticeship Program

EA Apprenticeship Program Description:


  1. The SMCDSB’s Adult, Continuing, and Community Education Department, with support of our Human Resources Department, the Manager of Educational Assistant Services, local O.S.S.T.F., Program and Services, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Specialist High Skills Major, our schools' Principals, and Vice Principals, and our Senior Leadership Team has been working on a plan to address the overwhelming shortage of qualified EAs in the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

  1. Our schools frequently use unqualified/emergency supply EAs in their schools to fill jobs that have not been filled by qualified staff.


  1. Part of the solution is to introduce an Education Assistant Apprenticeship Training program in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skill Development (MLITSD).  This program will support our current emergency E.A. staff to become qualified/trained Education Assistants.  The program also creates an opportunity for other potential E.A.s to join our Apprentice Program and join our school board staff!.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is very excited to be able to support and train our new Education Assistants as they journey through their apprenticeships!  The goal of our EA Apprenticeship program is to be able to offer a viable pathway to a career for many people and will support our schools by helping to deal with staffing shortages.




There are three Pathways to our EA Apprenticeship Program:

  1. EA Apprentice Candidates that have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and/or Ontario Post Secondary Education and the support of a Principal and/or Vice Principal from one of our schools. We will send them the registration information and ask that they set up their online portal and register their apprenticeship.  Next steps will follow.

  1. EA Apprentice Candidates who still need to complete their grade 12 diploma.  We will sign these apprentices through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.  Our Adult, Continuing, and Community Education Department will work to support these candidates to earn their grade 12 diploma while they are training through their EA Apprenticeship Program.

  1. EA Apprentices Candidates that have received their education form another province or internationally.  Our Adult, Continuing, and Community Education Department will work with these candidates and their education history to assist them to become eligible for the EA Apprentice Program using the Ontario Prior Learning Assessment Process for Mature Students.


SMCDSB Media Release

Overview of the SMCDSB EA Apprenticeship Program

SMCDSB EA Apprenticeship Program Application

If you have any questions, please reach out to Brad Shoreman at:

[email protected]