Work-Based Learning Guide

Work-based learning (WBL) is a set of instructional strategies that engages employers and schools in providing learning experiences for students, in line with BTE’s aim of encouraging Career Exploration.  WBL activities are structured opportunities for students to interact with employers or community partners either at school, at a worksite, or virtually, using technology to link students and employers in different locations.The purposes of WBL are to build student awareness of potential careers, facilitate student exploration of career opportunities, and begin student preparation for careers.  These awareness, exploration, and preparation activities help students make informed decisions about high school course and program enrollment and about postsecondary education and training.  Exposure to careers through an individual WBL activity can be beneficial, but students attain best results when WBL activities are structured and sequenced over several years, which makes it an ideal strategy for BTE.This toolkit contains a Work-Based Learning Guide developed by FHI 360. It consists of 9 Chapters, which explain work-place learning as a methodology, offer ideas and best practices for specific activities with students, and detail steps on teacher-readiness:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Work-Place Learning
  • Chapter 2: Guest Speakers
  • Chapter 3: Workplace Tours
  • Chapter 4: College and Career Fairs
  • Chapter 5: Informational Interviews
  • Chapter 6: Job Shadows
  • Chapter 7: Internships
  • Chapter 8: Teacher Workplace Tours
  • Chapter 9: Teacher Readiness

The full online version of the text, which includes more tools, is available online at https://wbl.fhi360.org

 

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 1): Introduction to Work-Based Learning

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 2): Guest Speakers

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 3): Workplace Tours

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 4): College and Career Fairs

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 5): Informational Interviews

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 6): Job Shadows

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 7): Internships

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 8): Teacher Workplace Tour

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Work-Based Learning Guide (Chapter 9): Teacher Readiness