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Work-Based Learning in US – Expanding high-quality

This Policy Brief defines the types of experiences on a work-based learning continuum and the challenges for maintaining quality in these programs. It also identifies five policy considerations for fostering high-quality work-based learning, based on a set of principles created through experience in the field. This brief, authored by Jobs for the Future, is part of a series, titled Equitable Transitions Through Pandemic Disruptions.

High-Quality Work-Based Learning Experiences Work-based learning is the completion of “meaningful job tasks in a workplace that develop readiness for work, knowledge, and skills that support entry or advancement in a particular career field.” Work-based learning supports a continuum of learning and skill- development experiences, from career exposure and career engagement to career experience.

Based on evidence and experience in the field, Jobs for the Future (JFF) has developed a set of principles to benchmark successful work-based learning models and programs for creating opportunities for more students to enter and advance in careers. Effective models of work-based learning should:

• Support entry and advancement in a career track.
• Provide meaningful job tasks that build career skills and knowledge.
• Offer compensation.
• Identify target skills and how gains will be validated.
• Reward skill development.
• Support college entry, persistence and completion.
• Provide comprehensive student supports.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Expanding High-Quality Work-Based Learning – Education Commission of the States


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