Jobs to Careers Milestone Tool: Planning a Work-Based Learning Project

Jobs to Careers Milestone Tool: Planning a Work-Based Learning Project

Jobs for the Future, 2009

Toolkit Purpose 

The Jobs to Careers Milestone Tool provides a blueprint for practitioners designing or modifying a work-based learning project. Developing a work-based learning project can be a prime opportunity for a Career Pathways initiative to provide on-the-job training for low-skill workers. Intended to be used consistently and updated regularly, this toolkit can serve as a valuable project management tool for work-based learning projects.

Publisher 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Hitachi Foundation and U.S. Department of Labor
Intended Audience 
Job-site practitioners of workforce development: human resources managers, staff developers, and others responsible for employee learning
Career Pathways Target Population 
Low-wage incumbent, frontline workers
Based On 
This toolkit was created in the context of the Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care initiative, a five year pilot project from 2006-2011 which tested models of work-based learning at 17 grantee sites located throughout the country. Although the Jobs to Careers initiative focused on the health care industry, this tool also may be useful for planning work-based learning projects in other sectors.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This document is a project planning and management tool which incorporates the key partners in the planning and documentation of a work-based learning project. The toolkit begins with a cover sheet to be completed by the planning team to define the scope and goals of the project, and is followed by eight worksheets for key program elements, including:

- Partnerships
- Career Advancement and the Development of Career Ladders
- Cohort Selection
- Work-Based Learning
- Educational Organization Policies and Practices
- Employer Organization Policies and Practices
- Project Management Capacity
- Additional Items

The worksheets are designed to facilitate discussion between the planning team and partners on the goals of each element, the team's capacity for achieving the identified goals, and additional tasks or policies needed to achieve the goals. Each worksheet identifies questions to consider, prompts the partner to draft a description of the key program element and a general timeline, and encourages the partner to identify action steps and outcomes.

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