• Work-Based Learning




    Work-based learning is sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in a real worksite environment. The experiences also include practicable, simulated environments at an educational institution that allows firsthand experience with tasks that are aligned to curriculum. WBL is a school-coordinated, sponsored, coherent sequence of workplace experiences that are related to each students’ career goals and interests, while based on instructional preparation, and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries, or other organizations in the community. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment. 

    (SC Department of Education, 2021).


    Students participating in work-based learning will be able to:

    • Acquire employability skills

    • Gain knowledge of the work world

    • Apply knowledge and skills from the classroom to tasks performed in the workplace

    • Explore career paths





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     Benefits of Work-Based Learning 

     Students School Business Community
    Provide realistic experience to career fields Develop future workforce Contribute to a more productive local economy  Increase parental involvement
    Learn employability skills Become involved in the community Benefit from having a trained workforce Offer extended educational opportunities
    Discover/explore potential employment opportunities Reduce cost for training and recruitment Make a successful transition from school to work Expand the curriculum beyond the classroom



    Types of Work-Based Learning Experiences

    • Youth Apprenticeship

    • Cooperative Education

    • Internship

    • Job Shadowing (on-site or virtual)

    • Mentoring

    • School-Based Enterprise

    • Service Learning

    • Structured Field Trips

    • CTE Internship, Work-Based Credit Bearing Course


    For more work-based learning information: SC Department of Education Work-Based Learning.