Promising Pathways to Careers Toolkit: A How-To Guide to Creating Quality Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Young People

Promising Pathways to Careers Toolkit: A How-To Guide to Creating Quality Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Young People

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, 2012

Toolkit Purpose 

Work-based learning gives students the opportunity to identify abilities and explore career interests, understand the link between school and work, and provide motivation to graduate from high school and pursue postsecondary education. Employers benefit from a short-term infusion of labor that can help with seasonal or “back burner” projects, recruiting a more skilled and better prepared workforce, and building supervisory and leadership skills within the organization.

Publisher 
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children; Richard King Mellon Foundation; William Penn Foundation; Grable Foundation; Heinz Endowments
Intended Audience 
Employers, secondary educators, afterschool providers, and local work-based learning partners (such as Regional Career Education Partnership (RCEP) Coordinators, WIB youth staff, Chamber of Commerce employees, and community-based organizations)
Career Pathways Target Population 
Middle and high school students
Based On 
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children research
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

The toolkit is divided into four sections which are stand-alone toolkits for each of the four main audiences: employers, educators, afterschool providers, and local work-based learning partners. Each describes how to engage young people in work-based learning opportunities and includes:
·        The definition of work-based learning;
·        Benefits of work-based learning;
·        Examples of promising models;
·        Fact sheets and tip sheets to help each audience tailor their own programs; and
·        Additional resources. 

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