Work-based Learning

Work-based learning is a continuum of activities that occur, in part or in whole, in the workplace, providing the learner with hands-on, real world experience. It combines skill development with training opportunities and is a key strategy in Colorado for developing talent and preparing Coloradans for the workforce and evolving labor market.

Work-based learning (WBL) programs are instrumental in quality career pathways that enable students and job seekers to secure industry-relevant skills, certifications, and credentials and advance to higher levels of education and employment.

Work-based Learning Continuum

The Work-based Learning Continuum is designed to illustrate the variety of work-based learning activities that can be pursued, as well as the dynamics of which activities are housed primarily within educational entities and which are located on a job site. This tool provides clarity about the roles of different stakeholders and enhanced communication between partners. Download the Continuum.

Work-based Learning Continuum

Thriving Work-based Learning Communities

Successful WBL initiatives require a community working together to address the evolving needs of businesses and create a labor force with a flexible and continuous approach to developing and upgrading skills. Businesses need to partner with educational entities to design and deliver curriculum, workforce centers have a pool of talent ready to connect to opportunities, and economic developers understand what industries need people and how to attract new companies through training programs.

A Thriving Work-based Learning Community understands the problems plaguing their talent pipeline, recognizes the value in business-led work-based learning, and works collaboratively to affect systemic change. View the Thriving Work-based Learning Community Assessment Guide.

Thriving WBL Community Assessment guidelines


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