1. Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities. If you cannot commit to an internship, please consider providing job shadowing opportunities to a high school student considering your career pathway. Commitment: 3-6 hrs per student. 2. Host a Student Internship, which gives high school seniors the opportunity to "test drive" a career for up to a full school year. Internship is an extension of Career and Technical Education programs in our local high schools. Internship is considered a vocational education class offered by your business for the benefit of the student. Training can be stopped for any reason and at any time by you, the school, a parent or student. Students receive school credit and letter grades. Our Work Based Learning Coordinator will walk you through all of the steps required to host a student, learn what you are looking for, and screen all applicants to provide you with a mature, talented young person you just might want to hire. The normal period of Internship is the nine-month school year for 10 hours per week. Commitment: 18 - 36 weeks. The normal period of Internship is the nine-month school year for 10 hours per week. 3. Host a Cooperative Work Based Learning Program, which is similar to an internship. This is a growing trend in CTE, especially where qualified instructors are difficult to find. The WBL program is a partnership between high school programs and industry where the industry hosts students and provides their employees as instructors. This opportunity would be reserved for only the very best CTE students, those who have their proven maturity and work ethic in previous CTE courses. This provides employers the opportunity to recruit future employees from the best local talent. Commitment: 9 months. 4. Provide a Pre-Apprenticeship/Registered Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business. Apprentices receive hands-on training from an experienced mentor at the job site. On the job training focuses on the skills and knowledge an apprentice must learn during the program to be fully proficient on the job. This training is based on national industry standards, customized to the needs of the particular employer. Education partners collaborate with business to develop the curriculum, which often incorporates established national-level skill standards. The related instruction may be provided by community colleges, technical schools, or apprenticeship training schools - or by the business itself. It can be delivered at a school, online, or at the job site. Apprentices receive wages when they begin work, and receive pay increases as they meet benchmarks for skill attainment. Every graduate of a Registered Apprenticeship program receives a nationally-recognized credential. Commitment: 1-4 years.
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