WBL Connectors Workplace Tour Checklist
Quick tips for Work-Based Learning Connectors to ensure a successful workplace tour.
Before The Workplace Tour:
- Identify the appropriate employer contact and work with them to plan the tour, providing them with materials and support.
- Suggest that the employer bring in someone from the HR team to talk about entry-level recruitment.
- Arrange for transportation, permission slips, food and address all logistics.
- Find out if safety gear is required and, if so, arrange for it to be provided.
- Talk with teachers/faculty about how a workplace tour can help them meet curriculum goals and make the classroom connection.
- Prepare students/learners by having them research the company and practice their personal introduction.
- Identify and document desired student/learner learning objectives.
During The Workplace Tour:
- Work with the tour host. Make sure to provide time for introductions, an overview of the business and its operations and what to expect during the tour.
- Ensure students/learners and teachers/faculty receive instruction in workplace safety and an orientation to workplace norms.
- Structure the tour so students/learners see the full spectrum of activities and occupations within the company.
- Help ensure that students/learners can observe and interact with employees at different levels of responsibility in the organization.
- If possible, have students/learners experience some hands-on activity during the tour.
- Have students/learners experience the tour in small groups and ask questions.
After The Workplace Tour:
- Help students/learners connect what they’re learning in class to what they experienced on the tour.
- Provide individual and group reflection activities for students.
- Suggest that students/learners share their experiences via social media.
- Support students/learners in determining their next steps in learning about careers.
- Debrief with the tour host.
- Have the students/learners write thank-you letters.
- Assess the impact and value of this tour and utilize employer, teacher/faculty and student/learner feedback to improve future tours. Document and archive information in ELENA.
- Help students/learners update their career development plan and think about any next steps they would like to take to further their career goals.
- Make the tour part of a project and have students/learners prepare and deliver a presentation about the company after the tour.
- Have students/learners create a presentation about their career pathway and deliver it to the employer partner during the tour.
- Take pictures from the tour and provide them to the company for their website or newsletter.
- Publicize the tour and the business by placing a story in the local newspaper or posting on your webpage. (Make sure you clear this with the employer partner first.)
- 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 year: Identify and communicate with potential sites. Determine dates.
- Three months in advance: Confirm sites and dates. Share format options.
- Two months in advance: Confirm format and travel logistics. Recruit students.
- One month in advance: Collect forms. Prepare students.
- One week in advance: Review orientation and logistics.
- During the workplace tour: Facilitate agenda, student/learner management and social media.
- After the workplace tour: Thank-you notes, reflection and update career development plan.
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