Work-Based Learning


Work-Based Learning System Development Guide

There is a growing recognition that workplace experiences are essential to learning for all students. At its best, work-based learning in K-12 districts integrates academic learning with the workplace to provide paths to educational and career advancement for students. Realizing this vision demands a deep commitment on the part of faculty, school leadership, and industry partners to integrate the world of work and the learning process.

Insights from Socializing the World of Work Initiative

The technological advances of the past 40 years have fueled the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has greatly impacted the modern workplace. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production; the Fourth Industrial Revolution will use robotics, automation, computing, and the internet to transform the nature of work forever. While technology has made us more productive, it has changed many of the types of jobs we do, and how we do them. What does this mean for K-12 educators? How can this inform how we define getting our students “college and career ready”?

The Secret Glue in the Swiss Apprenticeship System

Center for Young Professionals Banking Apprentices and Trainer at CEMETS Summer Institute

Center for Young Professionals banking apprentices and trainer share experiences with CEMETS Summer Institute participants.


Driven to Innovate: Snapshots from Delivering the TDL Workforce

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) is a critical sector to the U.S. economy, employing over 4.6 million workers. Through JFF’s Delivering the TDL Workforce, a two-year initiative generously supported by the Walmart Foundation, ten regions across the country scaled up their TDL training programs to provide low- to middle-skilled workers with training and supportive services that led to industry recognized credentials and placed them into good jobs.

This series of profiles highlights the innovative ways three grant recipients used Delivering the TDL funding:

High School Is Where Manufacturing Careers Start in Delaware

High school students participating in Del Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program

High school students participate in Delaware Technical Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program


A Blueprint for SAP Education Initiatives

Global software company SAP has developed an innovative approach to corporate social responsibility. In order to maximize its impact and prepare the next generation of STEM professionals, SAP created education initiatives in major cities across North America between high schools, postsecondary institutions, local SAP offices, community-based organizations, and other key municipal stakeholders. These unique partnerships work collaboratively to innovate STEM education and prepare students for a range of future careers as STEM professionals and entrepreneurs.

Employers Lead the Way: Building the Future Workforce

Wonderful company event

Education, workforce, business, and philanthropic leaders gather at the Career Pathways Lab co-hosted by Jobs for the Future, Linked Learning Alliance, and The Wonderful Company in Beverly Hills, California.*

It’s Whom You Know: Work-Based Learning Helps Build Labor Market Connections

This post originally appeared on the Brookings website on October 12, 2016.

What can educators do to better prepare young people for careers? Although high schools claim that graduates should be “college and career-ready,” in practice, educators have paid little attention to career readiness. Many still believe that all you need is a college degree and a career will follow.

How Linking Learning and Work Build Skills for Life and Career

By Vinz Koller and Kristin Wolff, Social Policy Research Associates

Today’s career and technical education (CTE) has come a long way. In the past decade, CTE has moved from the sidelines of education policy to the center of school reform—and been rebranded (if not entirely reinvented) along the way.


Guttman Community College Puts "Work" at Center of Learning - An Approach to Student Economic Mobility

In this article published in the July/August 2016 issue of Change magazine, JFF's Nancy Hoffman examines how higher education institutions can more intentionally prepare young people for the world of work and build their social capital.