Elevate Your Impact: A Call to Employers for Technical High School Work-Based Learning
The following article was submitted by the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System. It is posted here with permission.
The dawn of a new year brings with it a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to progress. What better way to kickstart 2024 than by investing in the future leaders of your industry?
The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Work-Based Learning Program isn’t just about education; it’s about fostering the skills and talents needed to thrive in the modern workforce.
WBL experiences help prepare students for the transition from high school to the world of work and are an invaluable training experience by helping them to develop a deep understanding of the concepts they are learning in the classroom.
Through work-based learning, local employers can hire juniors and seniors and provide them with on-the-job training.
The programs take place during the school day and students not only receive credit towards their trade program, but they also get paid.
Notably, through an agreement with the state Department of Labor, CTECS students can work in hazardous careers as early at 16.
Engaging with our work-based learning program provides numerous benefits to your business.
Firstly, you gain access to a pool of young, talented individuals who bring fresh perspectives and a hunger to learn.
Moreover, you have the opportunity to mold future professionals according to your industry’s specific needs.
By providing mentorship and on-the-job training, you can shape students into assets who understand the nuances of your sector, saving valuable time and resources on traditional training methods.
In addition to these advantages, your company will be recognized as a community leader committed to education and workforce development.
Your involvement is not just an investment in the future; it is a commitment to the growth and sustainability of your industry.
CTECS students are the answer to the skilled labor shortage in Connecticut, and your involvement can bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application.
About the author: By: Dr. Ellen Solek is executive director of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System.
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