Work-Based Learning (WBL) keeps education current and relevant for students by connecting curriculum to the job site and increasing learners’ technical and employability skills.
Why is Work-Based Learning Important?
WBL offers firsthand opportunities and realistic experience for students/trainees to learn about familiar and unfamiliar career options while increasing knowledge about high-skill, high-wage and in-demand careers.
Successful WBL programs connect students with community professionals who assist students in developing a career network and in making informed decisions about education and career path options. In turn, students have a greater understanding of their career goals and can make focused and effective education decisions.
The involvement of business and industry in WBL programs is critical to growing economic opportunities and building a talent pipeline through community cooperation. Commitment from companies to participate in local WBL programs is an avenue for closing persistent gaps in craft-specific skills.
Our curriculum is competency-based and provides students with both knowledge and hands-on education within every craft area.
Our training programs are nationally recognized by the Department of Labor as high-quality programs of study with industry-recognized credentials that are stackable and scalable.
NCCER credentials are often part of established high school graduation tracks. These work-based learning programs incorporate four critical components: academic alignment, employer engagement, industry credentials and direct employment opportunity.