Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) is:
• A sustained, applied educational experience
• Prepares students for work by applying core competencies and enhancing employability skills through real-world application
• Expands students’ knowledge and exposure to career pathways
• Designed around authentic real-world work environments
• Can be credit bearing
This can include, but is not limited to, experiences such as internships, work placement, jobs, or through mechanisms such as an extended learning opportunity, Learn Everywhere, or apprenticeship.

Work-Based Learning Checklists and Quality Rubric

Why Is Work-Based Learning Important?

Work-based learning (WBL) is an essential component of preparing young people for bright futures in careers with New Hampshire employers. Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers, extended learning opportunities (ELOs) and apprenticeships are all high-value WBL experiences for high school aged learners, and these opportunities extend to young people choosing to continue their educations at Community College System of NH (CCSNH) college CTE programs.

Work! As Learning

Work! As Learning is a wage match program designed for high school students to earn credit through paid internships. The New Hampshire Department of Education has partnered with Awato to market and administer this program. Employers will receive a 50% wage match for wages paid to students up $15/hr with a maximum reimbursement of $3600. Work! As Learning is designed to serve 1000 students over a 2 ½ year period with an end date of September 30,2024. To take part in Work! As Learning please visit or reach out to Colton Briggs at

Career and Technical Education Tax Credit

On July 1, 2019 RSA 188 –E: 9-a came into effect allowing for businesses donating time, money, and goods to career & technical education (CTE) centers to receive tax credit against business profit taxes up to 50% for salaries of students and supervisors participating in work-based learning experiences and up to 100% for supplies and equipment donated for related use to an educational program offered by the regional CTE center. Additionally, up to 50% of the cost of apprenticeship and training programs offered by the regional CTE center, including the compensation of employees and direct supervision and training of students in a CTE center program.

Work-based Learning 101 Canvas Course

Work-based learning 101 is available at This course is self-paced and created for educators. Once completed, educators earn 6 CEU’s as long as it accepted by their school district. Please reach out to Nicole Levesque at with any questions.

Tools and Resources



Nicole Levesque
(603) 271-3397

Bureau of Career Development