The references selected below provide more information about the three components of WBL and discuss the benefits of participating in WBL in general. Federal legislation refers to workplace learning (WBL) in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), the Student Success Act, 2015 (ESSA) and the Innovation and Workforce Opportunities Act, 2014 (WIOA). Click on the links to access the full text of the legislation or read further. ESSA refers to WBL in three separate sections. In Article 1112, the law stipulates that the plans of local education authorities must describe support for WBL programs in order to provide students with contact with industry professionals and the opportunity to obtain academic credits. Section 2103 includes the professional development of teachers and administrators in the teaching of the WBL as an acceptable use of local funds. Finally, Article 4203 lists the WBL as a possible indicator of vocational preparation at the secondary education level for the purposes of the state`s request for federal funds. Perkins V defines WBL and uses the term in many sections, including in reference to government plans, curricula, and collaboration between high schools, post-secondary institutions, and employers. The law also includes participation in WBL as one of three program quality indicators that states can select for reporting. Recent research, policy literature, and federal legislation suggest that comprehensive WBL programs include three key elements: aligning learning in the classroom and in the workplace; the application of academic, technical and professional skills in a work environment; and support for mentoring in the classroom or in the workplace. Check out the framework below, then scroll down to learn more about WBL in federal legislation and see references for all three components.
WIOA mentions WBL in connection with Job Corps and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. Article 148 describes the WBL as a compulsory activity of employment body centres, with the WBL being provided in places that comply with occupational safety and health guidelines (Article 159). In addition, section 418 amends legislation on the use of federal vocational rehabilitation funds for training and services for employers to include collaboration with employers in the design of WBL activities for persons with disabilities. Section 422 amends the description of pre-employment services for persons with disabilities to include WBL as a mandatory activity. .