Work-based learning is an umbrella term that includes different strategies, such as apprenticeship and career and technical education that includes learning at a worksite. While there is not one universal definition, this toolkit focuses on work-based learning that combines instruction at a worksite during paid employment with classroom education, and that culminates in an industry-recognized credential.
The toolkit contains:
- An explanation of the key policies that support the growth of work-based learning for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults;
- Examples of current state policies and local practices that expand work-based learning for out of-school-youth and disadvantaged adults; and
- A legislative template for state work-based learning policies that target out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults.
Workforce professionals can use this toolkit to:
- Inform decisions on establishing or expanding state policies that support work-based learning;
- Learn from other state and local community examples; and
- Develop legislation that establishes or expands work-based learning.