Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) connects students with industry to engage in real-world experiences. WBL experiences bridge academic, technical and employability skill development to help students become college, career and life ready. Whether in the earlier grades with career awareness, middle grades with career exploration, or high school with career preparation, WBL helps students explore careers and develop personal and professional goals for life after high school.

Examples of Work-Based Learning Experiences in K-12
(NOTE: The example WBL experiences are not limited to specific grade levels. There may be additional WBL opportunities than those listed.)

Elementary School, Career Awareness. Middle School, Career Exploration. High School, Career Preparation.

Work-Based Learning Resources
Definitions & Comparison of Youth Apprenticeship and Youth Internship Capstone Experiences
Federal Youth Labor Laws FAQs and Hazardous Occupation Decision Tree Promising Practices for Successful High School Apprenticeships
South Dakota Apprenticeships Career Launch SD Work-Based Learning Toolkit
Education/Training Agreement
Use for youth apprenticeships and internships/work experiences to establish a written agreement between the school, business, student and parent/guardian.
(Education/Training Agreement in Microsoft Word)
Youth Internship
(Can be used as a Capstone Experience or for elective credit)
Youth Apprenticeship
(Student is a registered apprentice with U.S. Department of Labor)
(Can be used for elective credit; as of July 1, 2019, can be counted as a Capstone Experience or elective credit)
Student Learner Agreement
(If the duties are deemed hazardous)
Registered Apprenticeship Youth Hazardous Occupation Agreement
(If the duties are deemed hazardous)