Making Work-Based Learning Work

This paper reviews the literature on the effectiveness of work-based learning strategies and provides examples of such strategies in action.

Publication Date
June 24 2016

Work-based learning is a key component of efforts to build a diverse talent pipeline that ensures a steady supply of qualified workers at varying skill levels. Employer participation in work-based learning also benefits industry partners by positioning them to ensure that education and training programs accurately reflect the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed in an industry.

The paper presents seven principles of effective work-based learning, including: support entry and advancement in a career track, identify target skills and how gains will be validated, reward skill development, provide support services, and support college entry and completion.