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Welcome to the Work-based Learning Toolkit: Resources from Jobs to Careers.

This toolkit is a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing employee learning and career advancement projects for frontline workers.

The toolkit is designed for job-site practitioners of workforce development: human resources managers, staff developers, and others responsible for employee learning through union-based programs, community colleges, technical schools, and community-based organizations.

The toolkit incorporates material developed and used by employers and their educational partners. These include slide presentations, curricula, templates, and forms that support work-based learning. The toolkit also includes excerpts from practice briefs and case studies developed for Jobs to Careers, with links to the full documents. 

Introducing Work-based Learning

Click on the headings to the right of each page to access this section’s two modules:

How to Conduct Work-based Learning

Click on the headings below and to the left of this page to access this section’s four modules, which follow the path of implementing work-based learning:
  • Planning: Assessing organizational readiness and needs; building a partnership and other project “infrastructure”
  • Designing: Identifying competencies; developing or adapting curricula to work objectives and requirements; designing career paths and supports
  • Doing: Implementing work-based learning; assessing mastery of competencies; delivering instruction in multiple modes; engaging supervisors and other experienced staff in coaching and mentoring
  • Sustaining: Turning a work-based learning pilot into standard procedure; identifying the “return on investment”

Interactive Tools

Several keystone tools are interactive.

For example, users of the “Employer Self-assessment” can enter their responses online for downloading and self-diagnosis.

Similarly, they can use the “Jobs to Careers Milestone Tool” as a template for planning a work-based learning project. 

How to Begin

Given the tremendous variety of work settings and needs for employee skills and development, there is no single path to adopting learning to the workplace. Instead, users can adapt these tools and resources to their own business models, organizational routines, and workforces.

The toolkit can serve newcomers to work-based learning and those with prior experience but seeking to learn more. It is also a resource for those seeking effective models on specific topics, such as training supervisors to coach frontline workers.

Depending on their needs and their level of experience with work-based learning, users may wish to progress sequentially through all of the toolkit modules, beginning with Planning. Alternatively, they can pick and choose selected modules and resources within each.