Work-Based Learning Experiences help you connect what you’re learning in school with real-life jobs and potential careers. These experiences can occur in-school or after school. Work-based learning experiences allow you to learn about and try different jobs. Work experience includes unpaid job placements, where people explore a variety of jobs, as well as paid placements that offer more in-depth experience in particular jobs. In some cases, student placements can lead to permanent jobs after finishing school.
Work-based learning experiences may include:
Youth Apprenticeships – combine classroom and workplace experience to provide opportunities to try out crafts or trades
Job Shadowing – walking with an employee on the job to learn aspects related to the job
Career Mentorship – working with a mentor to provide guidance or advice on careers
Informational Interviews – informal conversation with someone working in a career area/job that interests you
Paid and Non-Paid Internships – temporary position with an on-the-job training emphasis
Service Learning – community service integrated with classroom instruction and reflection
Student-Led Enterprises – school-based enterprises that produce goods or services for sale or for use by others
Simulated Workplace Experience – work based learning activities that simulate work environments in any field
Paid and Non-Paid Work Experience – opportunity to explore careers and nature of work through first-hand exposure to the workplace
Volunteering – donating time or efforts for a cause or organization, typically a non-profit organization
Workplace Tours/Field Trips – field trip to observe specific work sites in order to learn about the business, meet employees, and ask questions
Visit www.apprenticeship.gov/become-apprentice to learn how to build your skill set through apprenticeship. Check out the Apprenticeship Finder to find opportunities near you.
Visit www.WVApprenticeships.com for information about apprenticeships - a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.
Learn about the West Virginia Simulated Workplace Program that gives secondary students access to the necessary skills sets, certifications and academics needed to be successful citizens.
Click here to explore courses offered by the WV Department of Education Career & Technical Centers
Paid on-the-job training! The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will help job seekers and workers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. WIOA provides training services to eligible job seekers and promotes on the job training, which allows participants to “learn as they earn.”
For more information on available on-the-job-training courses:
Call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627) or visit a WorkForce West Virginia office near you for more information.