Work-Based Learning

Readiness to enter the workforce today requires more complex knowledge and skills than in the past. Work-based learning is an effective method to assist students in the transition from the classroom to the workplace by participating in supervised hands-on experiences directly related to career interests and goals. These activities are an extension of the classroom and provide opportunities to connect acquired academic, technical, employability skills and competencies to the demands of the 21st century workplace.

Coordinating Work-Based Learning Experiences

Coordinating well planned work-based learning experiences is an integral part of the transition planning process for students with disabilities. Each experience should be individualized and seen as part of the larger process of career development. These activities should sequentially build upon each other and provide the skills and foundation to lead students through awareness, exploration, preparation and training toward a career pathway of interest.

Guide to

This Guide to Series provides guidance on the most challenging issues facing implementation of work-based learning experiences.


Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide focuses on the eight types of work-based learning methods of instruction used in Virginia; job shadowing, mentorships, service learning, internship, clinical experience, cooperative education, youth registered apprenticeship, and registered apprenticeship.

Youth Employment Rules and Regulations in the Commonwealth (YouTube)This video, sponsored through the Office of Career and Technical Education at the Virginia Department of Education, provides information on youth employment rules and regulations as they relate to work-based learning across the Commonwealth.

A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships (PDF). The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition has developed this transition related "how to guide" for teachers and transition practitioners. It provides valuable information regarding establishing collaborative partnerships within communities.

The Quality Work-Based Learning Toolkit is a guide designed to assist in creating quality work-based learning opportunities for students.