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WBL Essential Elements

New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has adopted a set of ten essential elements to serve as a guide to structuring all Work-Based Learning experiences. By intentionally addressing these ten elements, Intern & Earn Program staff can help ensure that Work-Based Learning experiences created for youth and young adults across the Career Development Continuum are engaging, safe and learning rich.

The Ten WBL Essential Elements

1
Conduct Effective Planning
  • Set clear goals and expectations for all parties
  • Ensure activity is developmentally appropriate (age, stage and experience)
2
Prepare for Success
  • Prepare youth and young adults, staff and employer or organization partners
  • Address logistics
3
Identify Learning Outcomes
  • Align to work-readiness professional skills
  • Link to college-readiness skills and academic or occupational standards
4
Create Authentic and Engaging Experiences
  • Support effective participation of employers and organizartions
  • Provide hands-on and project-based activities when possible
5
Connect to Careers
  • Provide for exploration of or experience in a field of interest and exposure to a range of potential career options
  • Provide exposure to authentic work-world experiences
6
Ensure Activities are Safe and Legal
  • Address all labor laws, OSHA, Workers Compensation, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (including pay when required)
  • Reflect workplace norms, including safety and regulations
7
Provide Ongoing Support
  • Provide orientations and support for all parties
  • Ensure the Work-Based Learning component of the program is appropriately staffed
8
Provide for Reflection, Presentation and Feedback
  • Support self-assessment and presentation opportunities
  • Provide opportunities for formal and informal feedback among all parties
9
Connect to the Learner’s Next Step
  • Connect the experience to the classroom or workshop activities
  • Intentionally sequence with future Work-Based Learning experiences
10
Assess and Document the Experience
  • Document learning and skills acquisition
  • Assess activity effectiveness

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