High-quality Work-Based Learning (WBL) provides opportunities for the acquisition of academic, technical, and workplace/professional skills among youth engaged in the Learn & Earn program in a Career Pathways approach to education and training. Regardless of industry, employers consistently underscore that new workers must have experience and mastery in all three skill areas, with a growing priority on the development of professional skills. To support youth and young adults in developing these skills, authentic workplace experiences are important when combined with classroom training or workshop activities and other career-readiness activities. Workplace Tours, Guest Speakers, Informational Interviews, Job Shadowing, Work Experience, Internships, Workplace Challenges, and Career Mentoring provide real-world context and the opportunity to experience the workplace and prepare for the future. Different than a train-and-place approach that looks at placement as an outcome, leveraging workplace experiences as part of the developmental process can create powerful learning experiences and program attachments for youth and young adults. Work-Based Learning activities engage the employer or organization as a partner, providing developmental experiences for youth and young adults in the workplace as part of the Career Pathway approach. These experiences augment classroom training or workshops and offer the opportunity to learn about potential careers and to practice and demonstrate professional skills. This toolkit has been developed to address the need to provide a range of opportunities to youth and young adults, and to help Learn & Earn programs and their agency or employer partners deliver educationally rich and authentic Work-Based Learning experiences to youth and young adults in New York City.
New York City Youth and Young Adult Career Pathways