Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that offers students knowledge and skills through instruction or study, in a real-world employment environment, to deepen their learning and explore career fields in an authentic setting.

Why Is Work-Based Learning Important?

Work-based learning is an essential component of New Hampshire’s career and technical centers, extended learning opportunities in high school, and community college programs, including apprenticeships. The state is scaling quality work-based learning programs for young people in STEM-intensive industries involving science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT, energy, automotive, and other sectors so they can build bright futures.

Education In And Outside The Classroom

Work-based learning opportunities assist students in achieving skillsets and educational experiences, with industry representatives, outside of the physical classroom or the standard school day. Along with apprenticeships, the programs can include community service, independent study, online courses, and internships.

The Future: Enhancing Opportunities

The New Hampshire Department of Education and the Community College System of NH have hired a team consisting of educators, educational and government leaders, and industry representatives are currently developing best practices and related materials to promote effective work-based learning programs throughout the state. This team will assist school districts in developing and implementing effective work-based learning programs in order to expand and enhance opportunities for students.



Nicole Levesque
(603) 271-3397

Bureau of Career Development