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ERIC Number: ED561298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Not as Hard as You Think: Engaging High School Students in Work-Based Learning
Cahill, Charlotte; Jackson, Sheila
Jobs For the Future
Employers interested in working with young people are often concerned about possible barriers that may limit youth's access to workplaces, such as labor laws and liability issues. Employers who eagerly partner with educators to provide guest speakers and company tours might nonetheless be hesitant to invite students into workplaces for experiences such as job shadows and especially internships. Addressing employers' concerns head-on is therefore critical to scaling up work-based learning opportunities in states and regions. In reality, federal and state laws and policies do not prevent high school students from participating in meaningful work experiences in professional environments. Employers who familiarize themselves with a few main policies relevant to their sectors can easily remain in compliance while providing enriching and important career and skill development opportunities for youth that have lasting impacts on students, families, and entire communities--not to mention the employer's work and workforce. This brief is intended to allay concerns about perceived barriers to young people's access to workplaces and to highlight the successes of employers who have opened their doors to high school students. The brief profiles employers within the Pathways to Prosperity Network who have found ways to provide young people with meaningful work experiences. These case studies highlight the ways that these employers have managed the logistics of work-based learning and explain the benefits of doing so for employers. [This brief was produced as part of Jobs for the Future's Pathways to Prosperity Network.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Missouri; New York