Paid and Unpaid Work Experience
Paid and unpaid work experience is one of the 14 program elements for the WIOA Youth program. Work experience is a planned, structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace and provides youth with opportunities for career exploration and skill development. A work experience may take place in the private for-profit section, the non-profit sector, or the public sector.
Check out the resources below for information and ideas on providing successful work experiences for youth.
Introduction to Work Experience under WIOA
- Enriching Summer Work: An Evaluation of the Summer Career Exploration Program (Public/Private Ventures)
- Beyond a Summer Work Experience: The Recovery Act 2009 Post-Summer Youth Employment Initiative (Mathematica Policy Research)
- Chicago's One Summer Plus Youth Employment Program: Study Showing Reduction in Violent Crime Arrests
Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship
- ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit for the Public Workforce System: Advancing Apprenticeship as Workforce Strategy
Youth Employment and Soft Skills