Do you have a difficult time finding workers with the skillset you need to advance your business? A work-based learning program just might be the way to fill skill gaps in your workforce!
What is work-based learning?
Work-based learning is a term used to describe a collaborative approach to education that combines classroom instruction and hands-on experience. In a work-based learning program, schools and employers partner together to create a more customized curriculum that benefits both students and employers. While traditional education programs provide a comprehensive overview of the necessary skills for students to succeed in their chosen field, a work-based learning program expands on course material and offers employers the opportunity to train students in on-the-job activities specific to the worksite’s needs. For example, students may learn about best practices, safety compliance, or equipment in their courses. A work-based learning program provides students the opportunity to expand on the industry standards taught in class and learn about their worksite’s specific software programs, machinery, or standard operating procedures. Once the student completes their program of study, the worksite has a fully trained candidate ready for hire.
What are the benefits to employers in a work-based learning program?
- Tap into up-and-coming talent. Businesses that participate in work-based learning programs have the opportunity to fill skill gaps in their workforce and train employees specifically for difficult-to-fill positions. When working with educational institutions, you can create a hands-on learning experience that compliments the school’s curriculum and focuses on preparing the trainee for a full-time role once they complete their studies.
- Become known as an employer of choice. Organizations often see a decrease in their turnover rate after starting a work-based learning program. Employees value businesses that invest in their potential. Extending work-based learning programs to your current employees will get them excited about their career growth within your company. Advertising your work-based learning program can also attract active job seekers looking for opportunities to build a long-lasting career.
- Build a more diverse team. Companies with diverse workforces drive innovation within the industry. This is because a diverse workforce brings a range of perspectives and experiences that can help you keep up with a rapidly evolving marketplace. Work-based learning programs often support low-income students, employed individuals looking to upskill in their field, and active job seekers who may not have access to other educational opportunities. When you launch a work-based learning program, you tap into a new pipeline of talent that is full of professionals excited to succeed.
How can PA CareerLink® help?
PA CareerLink® serves as the connecting link between community partners, employers, job seekers, and educational institutions. Our expert staff can work with you to build a work-based learning program. Learn more by contacting our Business Services team! Click here to get started.
Source: Jobs for the Future (JFF)