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Benefits of Workplace Experience Learning

Strong workplace experience programs provide clear benefits to invested stakeholders.

Nebraska can:

  • Retain existing employers by offering a continuous pool of highly qualified candidates; and
  • Provide a qualified workforce to grow the economy and recruit employers and jobs to the state.

Students who participate in quality workplace experiences can:

  • Set and pursue career, educational and personal goals;
  • Understand the connection between school and their postsecondary and career goals;
  • Model mature professional behaviors and rise to the expectations of employers while demonstrating good work habits;
  • Develop leadership skills and a sense of responsibility;
  • Solve problems cooperatively and creatively;
  • Build social networks that will support learning and expand future opportunities; and
  • Access opportunities for economic prosperity to support themselves and their families.

Employers and Community Organizations that assist with students’ workplace experiences can:

  • Shape a pipeline of knowledgeable, motivated talent;
  • Increase brand awareness and loyalty;
  • Prescreen potential employees and broaden their community impact and contribution;
  • Give back to the community and support strong learning experiences for students; and
  • Provide students with exposure to opportunities outside their immediate environments.

Employers and Community Organizations that assist with students’ workplace experiences can:

  • Shape a pipeline of knowledgeable, motivated talent;
  • Increase brand awareness and loyalty;
  • Prescreen potential employees and broaden their community impact and contribution;
  • Give back to the community and support strong learning experiences for students; and
  • Provide students with exposure to opportunities outside their immediate environments.

Schools that effectively integrate workplace experiences into students’ programs of study:

  • Incorporate career training techniques used in businesses;
  • Develop ongoing relationships with the business community;
  • Adapt rapidly to industry trends and workplace expectations;
  • Increase the number of workplace opportunities available to all students;
  • Create a sequenced plan for workplace experiences that build upon each other to foster career awareness, exploration and preparation; and
  • Promote skills that support students’ attainment of the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards and CTE Program of Study/Course standards.

Schools that effectively integrate workplace experiences into students’ programs of study:

  • Incorporate career training techniques used in businesses;
  • Develop ongoing relationships with the business community;
  • Adapt rapidly to industry trends and workplace expectations;
  • Increase the number of workplace opportunities available to all students;
  • Create a sequenced plan for workplace experiences that build upon each other to foster career awareness, exploration and preparation; and
  • Promote skills that support students’ attainment of the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards and CTE Program of Study/Course standards.