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