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Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning Continuum and Readiness Assessment 

Research and Models of Practice 

  • Promising Practices in Work-based Learning for Youth - This paper from the National Skills Coalition profiles four different work-based learning programs that target at-risk youth in different career pathways. The paper features the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) in Northeast Illinois; the Urban Alliance in Baltimore, Chicago, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC; the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB); and the Guilford Apprenticeship Partnership (GAP) in North Carolina. The paper draws on each of these examples to define the following key policy elements for work-based learning:
    • Paid work-based learning opportunities, with wages provided either through employer, provider, or combination of the two;
    • Strong partnerships with business and other community stakeholders;
    • Positive youth development and continued support services; and
    • Linkages to career pathways either through future employment opportunities or future education and training opportunities.


Janae Hunderman
Education Consultant, Colorado Workforce Development Council