What is Work-based learning
Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers.
Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit, while employers get first access to local top-tier talent.
WBL experiences offer students the opportunity to explore career options and develop critical academic and technical skills in collaboration with community and/or industry involvement. As such, students should have access to a series of structured WBL experiences that deepen their knowledge and allow them to apply classroom theories into practice.
In addition to practical experience, WBL students have the opportunity to gain GeorgiaBEST certification by completing a series of assignments and projects intended to create better soft skills.
What is GeorgiaBEST?
GeorgiaBEST (Business Employability Skills Training) is a program that was created by and is administered by the Georgia Department of Labor. It is training that is designed to address the lack of employability skills or soft skills or work ethic in today’s workforce.
The program has a three-pronged approach: GeorgiaBEST@School (for Pre-K through Post-Secondary classrooms), GeorgiaBEST@Work (for facilitated training for those who are currently in the workforce), and GeorgiaBEST@Home (for parents who want to work on employability skills with their children, or for individuals who want to brush up on their own skills, or for faith-based organizations or civic groups who wish to conduct training sessions within their communities.