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.

Work-based Learning Continuum Disagram A diagram illustrating how career awareness, exploration, preparation, and training all build on each other in the work-based learning continuum.

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. 

Student Benefits of Work-based Learning A diagram illustrating how student achievement, employability, technical skills, and equity and social mobility are all components of work-based learning.
For quality training that is accessible and affordable, the CCCs can’t be matched.
Tim Rainey
Executive Director,
California Workforce Development Board