Quality work-based learning programs benefit the students, employers, schools, and the community.

Benefits for Students
Students benefit from work-based learning through:

  • application of classroom learning (both academic and technical) in real-world setting
  • establishment of a clear connection between school and work
  • assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them
  • improvement of their postgraduation employment opportunities
  • development and practice of positive work-related habits and attitudes including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues
  • assessment and understanding of the expectations of the workplace
  • establishment of professional contacts for future employment
  • expansion and refinement of their technical skills
  • participation in authentic, job-related tasks
  • observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professionals
  • increased motivation/appreciation for staying in school
  • awareness of postsecondary education opportunities

Benefits for Employers
Employers benefit from work-based learning through:

  • a pool of skilled and motivated potential future employees
  • improved employee retention
  • reduced training/recruitment costs
  • developmental opportunities for a current workforce
  • development of new projects with student assistance
  • involvement in the curriculum development process
  • an opportunity to provide community service

Benefits for Schools
Schools benefit from work-based learning through:

  • expanding the curriculum and learning facilities
  • exposing students to state-of-the-art equipment, technology, and techniques
  • meeting the needs of diverse student populations
  • individualizing instruction for students
  • promoting and fostering faculty interaction with the business community
  • enhancing faculty/staff development efforts
  • making education more relevant and valuable to students
  • increasing student retention rates in schools
  • reducing overcrowding by utilizing off-campus learning sites
  • providing an alternative to building additional classrooms and laboratories to accommodate growth

Benefits for the Community
The community benefits from work-based learning through:

  • creating an environment of collaboration and cooperation among the school, the employers, and the community
  • encouraging respect, tolerance, and understanding among different groups
  • contributing to building a more productive local economy
  • fostering confidence in the school system as practical and beneficial results are observed