Education on Demand: The Power and Promise of Work-Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning has emerged as a key educational strategy to enhance the future of learning. Formerly known (in far too limited a definition) as “vocational training,” or “career tech,” work-integrated learning allows students to combine conventional academic programs with hands-on learning opportunities within a program or field that interests them.

The paths may differ – career and technical education high schools, community colleges or programs designed for adult learners, for example – but the destination is always the same: to learn the foundations of employable skills or in-demand trades. This is especially important as communities and businesses struggle to attract, retain and backfill the talent pipeline in both skilled trades and high-tech, emerging fields.

To be successful, any work-integrated learning program must be reflective of the local community’s workforce development needs. And, it must deliver its curriculum in tailored environments that mirror what students can expect in the real world. Well-informed and well-intentioned design is key to delivering against this promise.

In SHP’s latest executive brief, thought leaders Brandi Ash, Lauren Della Bella and Carrie Malatesta explore Education on Demand: The Power and Promise of Work Integrated Learning. Learn more about the shift from blue collar to new collar, how to integrate workforce development analysis and master planning, and the link between work-integrated learning and space.

Click here to download the executive brief.