Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning activities extend the classroom into the workplace, connecting acquired knowledge and skills to a student's future employment. Work-based learning comprises a wide range of activities, conducted as an extended learning experience, including, guest speakers, field trips, job shadows, worksite learning, and more.

Students who participate in work-based learning may:

  • Show improved academic achievement;
  • Have the opportunity to explore career options;
  • Increase self-confidence;
  • Acquire real workplace experience and employability skills; and
  • Be more likely to go on to some type of educational training after high school.

Staying Safe in the Workplace

It is each educator's responsibility to understand federal and state Labor and Industry laws and rules, particularly those pertaining to minor workers. Teachers may need to explain laws to both employers and students. The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (Title 49.17 RCW) covers students involved in cooperative and instructional worksite learning placements.


Work-Based & Worksite Learning Resources and Templates

Elective Credit for Paid Work Experience

Washington Apprentice & Training Council

The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) and the Department of Labor and Industries promote a highly skilled and diverse workforce by developing and supporting apprenticeship training programs throughout the state.

Among its many duties, the council:

  • Collaborates with Career and Technical Education (CTE) by providing apprenticeship education oversight and safety guidelines for students in the workplace.
  • Assesses the potential for apprenticeship opportunities in green and emerging occupations and technologies.