What is work-based learning?
Work-based learning (WBL) is a school-coordinated, sponsored, coherent sequence of workplace experiences that are related to students' career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation, and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries, or other organizations in the community. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment.
Work-based learning opportunities:
Apprenticeship - Experiences that allow participants on-the-job training, job-related education, and a scalable wage progression by combining classroom instruction with one to two years of on-the-job training. Youth apprenticeships can carry over to registered apprenticeships once the participant completes high school.
Cooperative Education (Co-Op) - Training program that combines secondary studies with a job that relates to a student's academic and/or career goals. To participate, students complete a contract agreement, training, and evaluation plan. Students recieve course credit for the completion of the Co-Op experience.
Internship - A hands-on experience that is school-coordinated, and places students in an industry or occupation related to the student's career interests and goals. Students complete a learning contract that explains expectations, responsibilities, and specific number of hours needed to complete the agreement. Internships may or may not include financial compensation.
Job Shadowing (on-site and off-site) - Students are able to take tours or "shadow" employees of a worksite in person or virtually. Students should prepare questions, be engaged, and complete a reflection. Experiences should be based on students career goals and possible career field.
Mentoring - Experience that engages a student with a worksite employee who possesses workplace skills and knowlege to be mastered by the student. Mentor relationship generally last a year. The mentor instructs, critiques, challenges, and works with the students teachers and employer to help ensure students success.
School-based Enterprise - A program focused on the development of a small business created, managed, and operated by students in a school setting. Students can experience basic business and entrepreneurial practices through business-related school activities. Enterprises may be undertaken on or off school grounds, ex. On-stie Coffee Shop.
Service Learning - A method in which student engages in community-service work for a specific number of hours. Students work on specific activities each week during or after school to develop work skills and life skills and learn how to behave in ork situations.
Structured Field Study - Teacher provides opportunities for students to explore different workplaces and allows students to observe, ask questions, and learn from the experience of being on an actual worksite. All field studies should be followed up with debriefing activies, classroom discussions, reports, and follow-up letters to the worksite hosting the experience.
Work-based Learning Credit Bearing Course - Work-based learning course must be aligned with a student's major or IGP. The course must be part of a CTE program with a Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code. Guidlines of the course must be followed to award credit for the course. Regularly scheduled visits are conducted by the supervising teacher and are documented.