A school-to-work opportunities system has three essential components: school-based learning, work-based learning, and connections between the two. This document focuses on the activities necessary to implement the work-based learning component of a school-to-work system for secondary educators. The content of the information in this document may be adapted for general work experience and local use.
The guide is based on the work of Stephen and Mary Agnes Hamilton of the Cornell Youth and Work Program. Their report entitled “Work-based Learning: A Manual for Practitioners” provides the foundation for this practitioner-focused "how to" approach. Further input was gathered during a focus group of work-based learning practitioners from schools and business.