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Work-Based Learning

How Work-Based Learning Can Work for You

Work-based learning (WBL) can help students bridge the gap between career interests and earning a job in that career. WBL provides you with authentic work experiences, enabling you to develop and apply technical skills that can help you succeed in careers and post-secondary education. WBL is a process, a stream-lined pathway to securing successful employment.

Types of Work-Based Learning

There are different ways for you to engage in work-based learning as you age.

Nevada’s Work-Based Learning Continuum

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Career Exploration Career Preparation Career Training Career Training
4-9th grade 9-11th grade 11-12th grade Young adults (16-29)
Guest speakers from industry

Guest Speakers: Hearing from people who work in the industry is a great way to learn about a particular job or industry. Learn something about the speaker and their job before they come so you can ask relevant questions.

School-based enterprises

School-based enterprises: Students operate a business from the school/classroom by selling products or services delivered to internal or external customers. This is a business activity where the students are applying business and/or other technical skills. A school-based enterprise is not the same as a fundraising activity of short or sporadic duration.

Clinical experiences

Clinical Experiences: CTE health science programs often require clinical experience in a medical setting, hospital, or clinic in order to sit for a state licensing exam. Clinical experiences are typically imbedded into the health science courses and provide educational credit.

Clinical experiences

Clinical Experiences: CTE health science programs often require clinical experience in a medical setting, hospital, or clinic in order to sit for a state licensing exam. Clinical experiences are typically imbedded into the health science courses and provide educational credit.

Career fairs

Career Fairs: Employers, trade associations, and others exhibit at these events to present their organizations or industries. Career fairs may be held at the school or a location central to several schools.

Job shadowing

Job Shadowing: By “shadowing” one or more employees at a business related to the student’s career interests, student is able to see day-to-day operations in a particular career and further evaluate their own interest in pursuing a similar career.

Pre-apprenticeships

Pre-Apprenticeship: Prepares you for a registered apprenticeship. May or may not include payment.

Pre-apprenticeships

Pre-Apprenticeship: Prepares you for a registered apprenticeship. May or may not include payment.

Industry tours

Industry Tours: Students tour or visit a specific company to learn about their industry and how they conduct business.

Simulated workplace

Simulated workplace: The classroom is transformed into an authentic business environment where students develop and practice both technical and professional skills. Industry professionals evaluate programs in the manner of an inspection, through observation. Programs are rated based on adherence to industry standards - similar to an actual business. Implementing this model with fidelity requires a culture shift and buy-in from teachers, industry representatives, and other stakeholder groups, including parents and students.

Youth apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship: Students receive technical classroom-based education and work-based learning in partnership with an employer. This paid apprenticeship may or may not result in getting hired.

Youth apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship: Students receive technical classroom-based education and work-based learning in partnership with an employer. This paid apprenticeship may or may not result in getting hired.

Career interest inventories

Career Interest Inventories: These student friendly questionnaires ask students about their skills, interests, and preferred work environment to generate a list of possible careers. This site has a quiz-based career guide, as does, Career Cruising, and Nevada DreamIt-DoIT are just some of the websites with career interest inventories.

  Internships

Internship: Work experiences that last longer than 15 hours and may or may not be for course credit. May or may not include payment.

Internships

Internship: Work experiences that last longer than 15 hours and may or may not be for course credit. May or may not include payment.

    Registered apprenticeships

Registered apprenticeships: Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

Registered apprenticeships

Registered apprenticeships: Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

Source: Nevada Department of Education