WBL Connectors Work Experience Checklist
Quick tips for Work-Based Learning Connectors to ensure a successful work experience.
Before The Work Experience:
- Define the work experience program structure (timeframe, expectations, host expectations, and staff support, for example).
- Identify all interested teachers/faculty and help them plan for the work experience activity.
- Prepare teachers/faculty and encourage them to support and leverage the work experience. Share and review the Teacher/Faculty Tip Sheet with them.
- Work with teachers/faculty to create a list of interested and qualified students/learners.
- Select and refer appropriate candidates for interviews,
- matched to employer/supervisor specifications.
- Provide supervisor with the Employer Work Experience Tip Sheet and What Every Worksite Supervisor Should Know.
- Determine the worksite supervisor’s preferred form and frequency of contact.
- Distribute and collect appropriate forms.
- Identify learning objectives and complete the WBL Plan
- Address any transportation or safety gear needs.
During The Work Experience:
- If possible, meet with students/learners and worksite supervisors at their workplaces and observe workplace activities. Make sure these visits are pre-arranged with the host and don’t disrupt workflow.
- Regularly assess student/learner progress and impact of the experience.
After The Work Experience:
- Have the worksite supervisor complete the WSS Evaluation and review with the student/learner.
- Document the work experience in ELENA. Get feedback from employers and teachers/faculty and summarize the results using the WBL Activity Evaluation.
- Help students/learners update their Resume’ and career development plan and think about any next steps they would like to take to further their career goals.
- Work with teachers/faculty to coordinate “go deeper” activities to connect the work experience to the classroom and their career goals.
- Take pictures from the work experience and provide them to the company for use on their website or newsletter. Ensure you have signed releases for all photos.
- Publicize the work experience and the business that participated by placing a story in the local newspaper or posting on the school or agency webpage.
- Consider other potential public relations benefits and opportunities.
This includes Earn & Learn work-based learning connectors and others who facilitate, arrange and support work-based learning activities for students or other learners.
- Beginning of the school/program year or cycle: Identify interested teachers/faculty and brainstorm business partners who could participate.
- Two months in advance: Invite business partners to list opportunities and post in ELENA.
- One month in advance: Screen students/learners to employer specifications and arrange for interviews with the employer.
- One week in advance: Confirm selection and make sure the student/learner has proper documentation.
- During work experience: Visit worksite, if possible, and observe workplace activities. Provide support and address any issues that may arise.
- After work experience: Send thank-you notes to employers and supervisors and ensure student/learner reflection activities take place.
Tips For Success
- Conduct Effective Planning
- Prepare for Success
- Identify Learning Objectives
- Create Authentic and Engaging Experiences
- Connect to Careers
- Support Student/Learner Growth
- Ensure Activities are Safe and Legal
- Provide Ongoing Support
- Provide for Reflection, Presentation and Feedback
- Connect to the Student/Learner Next Step
- Assess and Document the Experience