The Work-Based Learning Continuum
Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational strategy to increase employability and reduce the skills gap. Students participate in a series of activities interacting directly with employers to learn about career options, develop skills, and prepare to enter the workforce. By increasing student employability, providing opportunity, applying essential skills, and guiding students towards completion, work-based learning helps to provide students with the experiences they need to be successful in the future workforce.
Student Benefits of Work-based Learning
WBL addresses multiple student success factors simultaneously. High quality WBL opportunities allow students to gain the “hard” and “soft” skills and knowledge that support their persistence, completion, and job readiness. These experiences, brokered by educators and employers, help eliminate barriers that students without strong social networks may face when seeking out work experience opportunities.