Work-based learning (WBL) is a progressive, multi-year sequence of instructional activities, within a real-world, work-related context, that allows students to build a bridge from adolescence roles in the classroom to adult roles in professional settings.
Work-based learning (WBL) is the “umbrella” term used to identify activities which collaboratively engage employers and schools in providing structured learning experiences for students. These experiences focus on assisting students develop broad, transferable skills for postsecondary education and the workplace. A quality WBL program can make school-based learning more relevant by providing students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real world situations.
Work-based learning is supported in the school and at the work site. While school-based learning focuses on academic and career and technical preparation as part of the classroom curriculum, work site learning occurs, away from school, in a business or community organization.NYS Work Based Learning Website
Work-Based Learning is one of five core elements required for a CTE program to be approved by the state. Each CTE Program is expected to have a sequence of activities offered in class or for credit as a required part of the CTE Program. The Sequence can also include non-credit experiences outside of class such as school projects, clinical experiences, or optional opportunities such as competitions or enrichment activities. All WBL activities must give students an opportunity to interact with non-school professionals from their CTE field of study. Work Based Learning related documents, such as timesheets, applications, payroll schedules, and more can be found here.