Unpacking the Work of Work-based Learning

In this report, the Aspen Institute describes the key components of work-based learning (WBL) programs that predominantly serve young adults (16-24) of color in workforce development programming. Throughout the report the reader will learn strategic priorities and objectives they can utilize in supporting the development and implementation stages of WBL programming. The report will also describe how practitioners have tailored their programs to meet the needs of young adults of color, including their work with employers to develop, structure, and support WBL opportunities. The report concludes with recommendations for state and local practitioners on engaging in the work including a specific focus on building partnerships and engaging employers and philanthropy in the work. State and local leaders interested in expanding or developing their own workforce development programs, with a focus on young adults, can learn from localized examples of best practices across the nation as well as gain procedural knowledge on the implementation of programming.

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February 2021