This paper examines four different youth work-based learning strategies, each targeting different youth populations and industry sectors, and identifies key elements of these programs’ success, challenges each has needed to address, and policy recommendations to address these challenges.
Why work-based learning
Well-designed work-based learning opportunities provide youth participants with occupational and work readiness training while also providing necessary income support for disconnected and at-risk individuals. Based on conversation with experts, work-based learning programs for youth should include the following elements:
1. Paid work-based learning opportunities, with wages provided either through employer, provider, or combination of the two
2. Strong partnerships with business and other community stakeholders
3. Positive youth development and continued support services
4. Linkages to career pathways either through future employment opportunities or future education and training opportunities
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Promising practices in work-based learning for youth