Work Experience is a Career Preparation activity in which a youth or young adult is at a worksite doing real work for pay. The youth or young adult is held to the same expectations as all employees and will be evaluated by the workplace supervisor based on workplace expectations and performance. Work Experiences range from regular, paid employment in summer and/or year-round jobs to subsidized employment and learning-rich work experience. There are also a range of Work Experience program types defined at the state and federal levels. (See State and Federal Work Experience Fact Sheet.)
High-quality Work Experiences are designed, supported and structured to meet specific learning outcomes, be educationally rich, and build awareness of the business, its industry sector, its role in the economy and the career options it provides.
Work Experiences are designed to:
- Expose youth and young adults to careers and jobs
- Develop Work Readiness Professional Skills
- Build occupational knowledge and technical skills
- Provide youth and young adults with training about potential workplace hazards and how to protect themselves