Work-based learning (WBL) is a strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability.
WBL includes a variety of arrangements including apprenticeships, work placement and informal learning on the job.
A Business Mentor is a key partner in a WBL experience for young people. A business mentor sets realistic goals for the student to acquire, engages and supervises them to complete their tasks and is a role model for the student to emulate.
What Is Work-Based Learning?
Work-based learning is designed to provide students or adult professionals with practical work
experience and skill development within a desired occupation or profession. Some are paid, and some are unpaid.
Why Offer Work-Based Learning?
Although there are many benefits for students or adult professionals to participate in a work-based learning experience, employers also
Top 5 Reasons to Participate in Work-Based Learning
- Find hidden talent and future employees
- Increase productivity
- Increase employee retention
- Enhance perspective
- Give back to the community by supporting and mentoring students
Hosting a Work-Based Learning Experience
Hosting a student or adult professional requires planning, but once you create a plan you have a tool to utilize annually. You also will learn a lot of lessons on the way. A business's work culture varies, it is encouraged to note lessons learned and modify your next experience process accordingly so both you and your participants get the most out of the experience.