Partnering Up: How Industry Partnerships Can Bring Work-based Learning to Scale

By Katie Spiker, January 22, 2019

Work-based learning programs can help address business demand for workers and workers’ skills needs. For small- and mid-sized companies, however, there are often challenges to starting or running these programs.

This brief discusses the important role local, industry-driven partnerships can play to align the workforce, education and human services systems and bring work-based learning to scale. It also highlights four partnerships that have broadened the pipeline of workers with access to work based learning programs, meeting industry-demand for skilled workers and aligning workforce, education, and human services systems. In addition, the brief offers federal and state recommendations to scale these partnerships across the country.