Work-based learning refers to any formal higher education learning that is based wholly or predominantly in a work setting.
Work-based learning means instructional programs that deliberately use the workplace as a site for student learning. Work-based learning programs are formal, structured, and strategically organized by instructional staff, employers, and sometimes other groups to link learning in the workplace to students' college-based learning experiences. Work-based learning programs have formal instructional plans that directly relate students' worksite learning activities to their career goals. These experiences are usually but not always college-credit generating.
Work-based learning is your chance to discover things you can't learn in a classroom. Get inside information about the career you're interested in, or simply get a taste of what it's really like on the job.
Why Choose Work-Based Learning?
Benefits to Students. Work-based learning can help students improve academically. It helps them learn how the things they learn in the classroom are connected to the real world. It's also a great way to explore career options.
Benefits to Schools. Work-based learning can improve student motivation, attendance, and graduation rates. It can also improve the school's relationship with the community.
Benefits to Employers. Work-based learning helps employers reduce their recruitment and training costs. It also helps them hire better-prepared employees who understand workplace expectations.
What's Stopping You?
Don't let any of these common myths about work-based learning keep you from trying it out:
I'm too old (or too young). There are at least a dozen different types of work-based learning, with choices for adults as well as youth (generally aged 16 and older).
I won't get paid. Some opportunities are unpaid or volunteer, but all apprenticeships and certain internships come with a salary.
I'm a student and I'm already too busy. Students can often earn course credit for work-based learning, so you may be able to do two things at once.
I'd have to commit to something long-term. Some work-based learning opportunities are formal and last for years, but just as many are informal and last only a few hours.
I'm already working so what's the point? Think outside the box about work-based learning. Even if you're already working in your dream job, you may still benefit from experiences like a mentorship or a practicum.
Student internships are experiences where students work for an employer for a specified period of time to learn about a particular industry or occupation. Internship programs extend formal classroom learning into the community. Internships are:
Linked to a related internship class
Paid or unpaid (usually unpaid)
Practical application of concurrently or previously studied theory or related curriculum
Connected to career goals and the SEOP
Opportunities for students to explore career options in a particular field of work
Maintain high level of attendance and performance at both the school and the work site
Maintain satisfactory grades and be in good standing with local high school
Consult Work-Based Learning coordinator or supervising teacher, as well as the employer, about any concerns or problems
Attend work site according to the Internship Agreement
Use transportation approved and/or provided by parent
Dress appropriately for the work site, including all appropriate safety clothing and equipment
Demonstrate honesty, punctuality, cooperative attitude, proper grooming and dress and willingness to learn
Conform to rules, regulations, and safety standards of the training site and maintain confidentiality
Complete required assignments and furnish necessary information, reports and time sheets
Notify employer/supervisor and Work-Based Learning coordinator prior to absences
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