Work-Based Learning Strategies Overview

Work-Based Learning (WBL) strategies are a planned program of school-site and worksite experiences related to the career interest of the student learner that are designed to enable the student learner to acquire knowledge and skills in a real work setting. The benefits for the student learner, school district, and employer are evident as the student learner develops technical, academic, and career readiness skills while participating in meaningful engagement with employers in his/her area.

Work-Based Learning strategies are the third phase of the Nebraska Workplace Experiences Continuum. These strategies help connect student learners with employers to prepare them for success in an ever-changing workplace. According to Gallup, business leaders value an internship or work-based learning experience more that grades or college major.

WBL helps student learners:

  • Strengthen academic, technical, and career readiness (employability) skills
  • Explore career options
  • Enhance personal finance knowledge and skills
  • Foster positive relationships with adults
  • Observe all aspects of a company’s operation
  • Develop an awareness of the requirements of careers so they can effectively plan postsecondary and career pursuits
A chart of various Awareness Strategies and their applications