This toolkit provides resources for work-based learning that combines instruction at a worksite with classroom learning. The focus of the toolkit is on paid work-based learning during employment for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults.

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:

  1. An explanation of the key policies that support the growth of work-based learning for out-of-school youth and disadvantaged adults;
  2. Examples of current state policies and local practices that expand work-based learning for out of-school-youth and disadvantaged adults; and
  3. 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:

  1. Inform decisions on establishing or expanding state policies that support work-based learning;
  2. Learn from other state and local community examples; and
  3. Develop legislation that establishes or expands work-based learning.