Advantages to Work-Based Learning

For Students

  • Application of classroom learning (both academic and vocational) in real world setting
  • Establishment of a clear connection between education and work
  • Assessment of interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available‐‐explore possible careers
  • Improvement of post‐graduation 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 that relate to possible careers
  • Assessment and understanding the expectations of the workplace
  • Establishment of professional contacts for future employment
  • Expansion and refinement of technical skills
  • Participation in authentic, job related tasks
  • Observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professionals


For Employers/Training Supervisors

  • Involvement in the curriculum development process
  • An opportunity to provide community services
  • Development of 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


For Schools

  • Expands the curriculum, learning facilities, and to expose students to state‐of‐ the‐art equipment, technology, and techniques
  • Meets the needs of diverse student populations
  • Individualizes instruction for students
  • Promotes and fosters faculty interaction with the business community
  • Enhances faculty staff development efforts
  • Makes education more relevant and valuable to students
  • Increase student retention rates in schools
  • Reduces overcrowding by utilizing off‐campus learning sites


For the Community

  • Creates an environment of collaboration and cooperation between the school, the employers, and the community
  • Encourages respect, tolerance, and understanding between different groups
  • Contributes to building a more productive local economy
  • Fosters confidence in the school system as practical and beneficial results are observable