Work-based learning is becoming more sought after by students, parents, and employers. Students look to work-based learning because it may better suit their learning abilities and will benefit them in finding a career, one that they may likely have not learned about in their career preparations in high school. On the other side, employers are looking for talent with experience and knowledge in the manufacturing and trades industry so building their own talent pipeline by creating awareness of well-paying jobs can be very appealing. So, what would a student’s work-based learning journey look like?
Where does the Work-based Learning Journey Start?
Students can start the work-based learning journey as early as elementary school or as late as their final years of high school. When a student begins, the work-based learning curriculums or projects are aimed to connect schoolwork with real workplace experiences.
Students in elementary schools are often introduced to work-based learning in the classroom with small projects that include testing their writing, reading, and communication skills. Projects often include getting creative with small planning games and homework that involves interviewing adults such as teachers, parents, or other loved ones. When executed correctly, work-based learning enables students to achieve educational outcomes that align with employer requirements. A work-based learning journey starts with early-career awareness and exposure to available technical careers and moves students through experience and preparation and continued development of a chosen career. The early part of a student’s journey is more high touch for educators until it is transitioned to the employer through programs like high school youth apprenticeships or internships.
Work-based Learning for High School Students
GPS Education Partners is a work-based learning intermediary between educators and employers that provides solutions to prepare students for technical careers more rapidly than traditional pathways. High school juniors and seniors often join the GPS Education Partners program in hopes of jump starting their careers while still earning their high school diploma.
High school students can gain more than an education with work-based learning. The work-based learning journey for high schoolers includes a hands-on apprenticeship that can open many doors to a future career or even post-secondary education while they remain in the workforce.
GPSEd helps students set their course and career path through a competency-based (not focused on grades), immersive learning experience aligned to standards set by educators and industry. Students are challenged to take on real-world work experiences and responsibilities by taking on a working role in the industry. Students learn how to work with others, adapt to new challenges, and gain confidence in their work. These high school students often find beyond entry-level job opportunities because their experience stands out from the pack.