Work-based learning (WBL) is an integral part of an educational program.
WBL programs contain three key components:
- The alignment of classroom and workplace learning;
- Application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting; and,
- Support from classroom or workplace mentors.
How Employers Can Help
Schools are looking for national, regional, and local businesses/employers that are willing to place students in the workplace. The ultimate decision whether to place a student in a workplace relies on the business owner/manager, school district, teacher, and student.
Win-Win for Employers and Students
Students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned at school in a workplace setting. Many students return to the business after the work-based learning experience as an employee. Mentoring students through this process also helps existing employees develop their leadership abilities within the organization. Building partnerships with educational institutions, through Program Advisory Committees (or Councils) (PACs), helps businesses advise schools on the employability skills needed to succeed in the career. This in turn leads to students that are better prepared for the workforce.
Work-Based Learning Toolkit
The United States Department of Education has a “Work-Based Learning Tool Kit” that helps schools and businesses address liability concerns and making sure students are ready to enter the workforce.
Learn More –> https://cte.ed.gov/wbltoolkit/index.html
What Schools Should Do
Some states have WBL strategies that provide guidance to local school districts. Check with your state’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) department to see if they provide assistance in placing students. Many school districts already have work-based learning coordinators that facilitate the collaboration between teachers, students, and businesses.
Preparing for the Workplace
The Auto Upkeep curriculum has been adopted by over 500 automotive programs in North America. Auto Upkeep correlates to beginning ASE Education Foundation’s Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) standards (over 60%), making it an ideal first course in becoming an Automotive Technician.
Work-Based Learning Placement Opportunies
Schools are looking for businesses to mentor students. Please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your company listed below. This does not guarantee any placements, this just provides a first point of contact between the school and the partnering business.
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