Quality Work-Based Learning is:
- Designed to promote enhanced learning, skill development and workplace awareness
- Structured to be effective, safe, legal and measurable
- Supported by appropriate planning, tailored training and efficient processes
- Connected to classroom learning, individual career development plans and sequenced education, training and workplace activities
Quality Work-Based Learning is designed to promote enhanced learning, skill development and workplace awareness.
Work-Based Learning supports and enhances classroom instruction or workshop activities by providing a context for learning. It provides unique opportunities to practice and demonstrate new skills, and assists in the development of workplace awareness. It helps build the skills required for specific occupations by exposing youth and young adults to the multiple career options available in a particular industry. Work-Based Learning engages youth and young adults in their own learning and provides multiple opportunities for reflection on the experience, both verbally and in writing.
Quality Work-Based Learning is structured to be effective, safe, legal, and measurable.
Work-Based Learning provides authentic and relevant learning and doing experiences that are safe, legal and in compliance with state, federal and local regulations. Learning objectives are met through ongoing assessment and continuous improvement activities. Systems are in place to support instructors and program staff in designing and implementing quality WBL experiences and to make it easy for employer and community partners to participate.
Quality Work-Based Learning is supported by appropriate planning, tailored training and efficient processes.
Work-Based Learning has defined services and procedures to manage expectations and foster communication among all partners. Youth and young adults are served through individualized Work-Based Learning plans defined for each experience and are sufficiently prepared and supported throughout the experience. Part of this preparation is providing appropriate safety and health training for young workers and helping them understand their rights and responsibilities as employees. Employers and community partners receive support and appropriate training, and program staff are trained in how to design and deliver high-quality experiences.
Quality Work-Based Learning is connected to classroom learning, individual career development plans and sequenced education, training and workplace activities.
Work-Based Learning supports a community-wide vision and collective expectations for both academic and occupational learning. Experiences are designed to directly support academic and occupational learning and provide a planned sequence of experiences that links academic and occupational concepts to real-world application. Youth and young adults are guided and supported by an individualized career development plan, through which Work-Based Learning activities are sequenced and connected to the next step.