Georgia's Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Programs are simply good business.
Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) contains many structured age appropriate experiences which prepare students to be college and career ready. Beginning with career awareness in elementary school, career exploration programs in middle school, and technical skill development in high school, Work-Based Learning is a culminating experience for students taking courses in their chosen career pathway. Students may enroll in a Work-Based Learning course once they reach the age of 16 where they will receive credit while working in an environment related to their career pathway.
The Work-Based-Learning coordinator for the school and/or the CTAE pathway teachers may conduct many supporting activities to prepare students for the Work-Based Learning experience. These include, mock interviews, job shadowing, student portfolios, career fairs, interest and aptitude surveys, career awareness and career exploration, guest speakers, and field trips.
Work-Based Learning placements represent the pinnacle of the CTAE experience. It all starts with Georgia’s Career Clusters which allow students to choose an area of interest in high school from the 17 clusters. Students take classes tailored to their cluster, which helps them navigate their way to greater success – no matter what they choose to do after high school graduation. Their job placement is directly related to their curriculum of the pathway classes. Current clusters include:
Total Credits Earned
Current Student Participants
Employers Agree that Students Perform at the Level Expected
2017 YAP Enrollment
There are several categories under the Work-Based Learning umbrella:
Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) which requires training specific to a post-secondary credential which the employer and student is committed to. (More Information Below)
Internship requires the student to have completed at least one unit in high school related to the occupational area of the job placement.
Cooperative Education (COOP) allows the student to be on a Work-Based Learning placement at the same time they are taking the related class.
Employability Skill Development (ESD) focuses specifically on an application of employability skills at the job site where the student may not have completed the appropriately related coursework.
Work-Based Learning includes an agreement between the employer and the student and school system.
This TRAINING AGREEMENT as a minimum requires the following:
Youth Apprenticeship is a structured combination of related coursework completed at the high school level and on-the-job training specific to a post-secondary credential which the employer and student is committed to. Essential components of Georgia’s Youth Apprenticeship Program area partnership structure involving secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, employers, and community representatives. Through a coordinated effort involving business and industry, Youth Apprenticeship addresses the dual role of preparing students for the world of work and providing Georgia with a highly skilled, technologically competitive workforce. Youth Apprenticeship is appropriate for careers where specific credentials that are required have been identified. These credential may include certificates, associate degree, diploma, and other industry identified and recognized credentials.
Youth Apprenticeship includes an agreement between the employer and the student and school system. This TRAINING AGREEMENT as a minimum requires the following: