In simple terms, it is learning about work, at work. Work-based learning happens through several different structures, for example:
Work-site tours and job shadows
Brief, observational, onsite visits to work places.
Short-term on-the-job experiences (3-6 months). Can be paid or unpaid, focuses on career exploration.
1-5 year commitment, pairing classroom instruction with paid, supervised, on-the-job training leading to industry recognized credential(s).
Every young adult in Montana will have multiple pathways to economic self-sufficiency, supported by a statewide work- based learning system that honors the potential of students and addresses the workforce needs of Montana businesses, today and tomorrow.
Work-based learning opportunities span a continuum from workplace tours to youth apprenticeship (and many models in between). While large employers may have the capacity to offer work-based learning experiences for students, small employers often become quickly overwhelmed trying to navigate work-based learning.Read More
From a policy perspective, there are components of work-based learning in the K-12 education system, the postsecondary education system, and the public workforce system – but no single entry point for students or employers to access them, and limited coordination across agencies.
Who We Are
A cross-section of public and private sector organizations with a stake in work-based learning, determined to work together to find a better way to ensure Montana students, educators, and businesses are supported by high-quality, accessible, relevant, and measurable work-based learning opportunities.
Grow your talent pipeline through high-quality work-based learning.
- WBL Toolkit for Employers
Resources, tools, and guidance to successfully develop high-quality work-based learning experiences for students.
Sample intern job descriptions, ideas for tasks, sample work plans, and more
A youth apprenticeship is a structured, work-based learning program designed to start when apprentices are in high school.
From the Montana State Workforce Innovation Board.
Help students connect their classroom learning to their future careers.
- Relevant work-based learning policies
Compiled by the Montana School Boards Association
- Teacher Externships
Work-based learning isn’t just for kids! Teachers have the opportunity to experience professional work settings in the manufacturing industry.
Contact Jason Butcher to learn more.
- Transformational Learning and Advanced Opportunities Grants
The application process for local education agencies to apply for Transformational Learning Grants and Advanced Opportunities Grants opens December 4. Proposals are due January 8.
Explore your career interests through on-the-job learning.
As a student you can do a lot to start preparing for your future.
- Work-based Learning Toolkit
Information and guidance for students to quick-start the work-based learning experience.
- Find Montana Construction Careers
Visit Build Montana
- Interested in a High-Tech career?
Learn about college programs, coding schools, and training.
Montana’s Child Labor Law Reference Guide