Gain exposure to the world of work. Participants in work-based learning programs develop skills that employers value but may be difficult to acquire in classroom settings. These include not only technical skills but also professional skills, such as the ability to work as a member of a team, an awareness of the need to be proactive, and an understanding of workplace expectations.
Get firsthand involvement in specific occupations or industries. Work-based learning gives people an opportunity to immerse themselves in a particular field and interact with professionals who have worked in it for years. This type of experience can help people make decisions about their long-term career goals.
Gain experience that reinforces academic instruction. In work-based learning programs, participants can apply the lessons they learn in the classroom to real-world situations. As a result, they are more likely to master and retain the material, and they are able to demonstrate their new skills in a concrete way.
Get a paying job that may become permanent. In some work-based learning programs, such as apprenticeships, participants work in paid jobs that last for the duration of the program and may even lead to full-time positions at the organization. But whether or not they result in permanent employment, all work-based learning experiences yield long-term career benefits because participants acquire skills that they can add to their resumes.