Work-Based Learning vs. Entry-Level Jobs: The Important Differences and Why Work-based Learning is More BeneficialMay 24, 2023
In today's job market, employers seek candidates with real-world experience. Work-based learning (WBL) offers students an opportunity to gain that experience while still in school. However, it is essential to understand that WBL is different from an entry-level job. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences and the benefits of work-based learning.
Table of Contents:
- What is Work-Based Learning?
- What Work-Based Learning is NOT?
- What do Students Gain?
- What Employers Gain?
- The Benefits of Work-Based Learning
- A Win-Win for Both Students and Employers
What is Work-Based Learning?
Work-based learning is a learning model that enables students to apply academic skills, gain technical skills, and develop employability skills directly in the workplace. WBL programs take different forms, such as job shadowing, paid internships, unpaid internships, and co-ops. The goal of WBL is to benefit both the student and the employer in the long term.
What Work-Based Learning is NOT?
Work-based learning is not designed to engage students in activities for the short-term benefit of the employer. The primary goal of WBL is to provide a meaningful learning experience for the student. Although a WBL experience can benefit an employer as a secondary outcome, the primary focus should be on the student's learning.
What do Students Gain?
Through WBL, students gain experience in the world of work, industry-specific skills, and knowledge that is valued by employers. They also develop professional skills such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. Additionally, students receive on-the-job training and mentoring, giving them an advantage when applying for full-time employment.
What Employers Gain?
WBL offers employers collaborative partnerships with regional high schools. Employers have the opportunity to play a key role in the design of the WBL experience and impact school curriculum to align with skills valued by the employer. They also develop relationships with students who have the potential to become full-time hires, creating a workplace pipeline for entry-level talent.
The Benefits of Work-Based Learning
Work-based learning is a win-win for both students and employers. It provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience and employers with a pipeline of well-trained, entry-level talent. WBL offers a collaborative partnership between educators and employers, benefiting the entire community. The benefits of WBL go beyond the short-term and prepare students for a successful career in the long term.
A Win-Win for Both Students and Employers
Work-based learning is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world experience, develop professional skills, and receive on-the-job training and mentoring. Employers benefit from a pipeline of well-trained, entry-level talent and the opportunity to impact school curriculum to align with skills valued by the employer. Work-based learning offers a collaborative partnership between educators and employers, creating a win-win for both parties.
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