About Work-Based Learning
Work-based Learning (WBL) is designed to provide relevant experiences in all career areas that will assist students in making decisions concerning their future. WBL Coordinators are the key to ensuring that placements and experiences are valuable and meaningful for students. In order for the WBL program to be effective, the WBL coordinator must make regular visits to student work-sites and confer with on-the-job supervisors at regular intervals to check and evaluate students for grading purposes.
Work-Based Learning placements represent the pinnacle of the Career-Related Education experience. Enrollment in a work-based learning course is an extension of the student’s work in their College and Career pathway. Credit earned for enrollment in work-based learning may count toward graduation as part of the student’s cluster or pathway. To qualify for a WBL placement, a student must be in grades 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old. Students must also have a defined Career Pathway in order to participate in the Work-Based component of Career-Related Education. This is especially important for the successful completion of a student’s pathway in that their job placement is directly related to the curriculum of the pathway classes they have completed or in which they are concurrently enrolled. There are several opportunities for students to participate in work-based learning. These opportunities include Cooperative Education, Internship, Youth Apprenticeship, and Clinical Experiences.
How to apply for the Work-Based Learning Program (WBL):
- Students interested in participating in the WBL program must apply through an application process. Print and complete the WBL Interest Form (Link under Resources) and submit to the WBL Coordinator at your school. An application will be issued to the students that meet the requirements of the program.
- Students will return the completed application to the WBL Coordinator at their school. Grades, attendance, discipline, and coursework will be reviewed to ensure that the best applicants with skills and knowledge related to their career goals and coursework are chosen to present to employers.
- Coursework related to your job placement is required to participate in the WBL program.
- Students must actively participate in their job search and follow up on job leads given by the WBL coordinator.
- For more information, contact your WBL School Coordinator or Counselor at your school.