Work-based learning activities extend the classroom into the workplace, connecting acquired knowledge and skills to a student's future employment.
Benefits of Work-Based Learning
Students who participate in work-based learning connected to their school programs may:
- Show improved academic achievement.
- Realize the relevance of their education and apply acquired knowledge in a meaningful way.
- Have the opportunity to explore career options.
- Increase self-confidence.
- Acquire real workplace experience and employability skills.
- Connect with an adult role model.
- Be more likely to go on to some type of educational training after high school.
Types of Work-Based Learning
Work-based learning comprises a wide range of activities that are conducted as an extended learning experience as a part of any school program, including:
- Guest Speakers
- Structured Field Trips
- School-Based Enterprises
- Job Shadows
- Worksite Learning
The Worksite Learning Manual (PDF) is a guide to the proper implementation of a worksite learning program at a local school district/State-Tribal Education Compact/skill center. The manual has four objectives:
- To define "work-based" learning and its benefit to a student's educational plan.
- To clarify that "worksite learning" is a subset of "work-based learning".
- To be a detailed reference for districts developing worksite learning programs.
- To be a comprehensive resource for individuals already involved in providing worksite learning programs.