What is WBL?

WHAT IS WORK-BASED LEARNING? 
 

Work-based learning (WBL) is learning that results from students engaging in activities on-site with employers designed to increase the knowledge and skills of the learner. The work experience is supplemented with instruction and activities that apply, reinforce, refine, or extend the learning that occurs during work, so that learners develop attitudes, knowledge, skills, and habits that might not develop from work experience alone.

WBL creates opportunities for employers and schools to provide structured learning experiences to develop workplace readiness, technical skills and 21st Century Skills. It is a process that allows students to explore careers, connect with businesses, learn about the functions of an organization, and understand the relevance of their education. 

 
INVOLVING PARTICIPANTS IN WORK-BASED LEARNING
 
Any work-based learning opportunity involves the following participants while providing an opportunity for employers and schools to provide students structured learning experiences that develop broad transferable skills. This is a process which allows students to meet academic standards and find inspiration in a hands-on, real life environment while developing employability skills and career awareness. Success depends on the involvement and commitment of all participants: schools, employers, students, and parents/guardians.
 
FURTHER DEFINITIONS OF WORK-BASED LEARNING

There are many different definitions of work-based learning. According to Linked Learning's Pathways to College and Career Success,"Work-based learning is an educational strategy that provides a range of experiences that are intentionally designed to help students extend and deepen classroom work and make progress toward learning outcomes that are difficult to achieve through classroom or standard project-based learning alone.

For additional definition/explanation of WBL, see the Analytic Quality Glossary from Quality Research International.

Questions?

Jay Ramsey at jay.ramsey@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1343

Page Last Updated on May 7, 2014