Work-based learning (WBL) provides more opportunities for workers to earn income while gaining critical job skills. The positive impact to workers, ​employers, and the economy is substantial through effective work-based learning programs.

To prepare for WIOA requirements and the implementation of the Job-Driven National Emergency Grants, this site provides resources and tools for WBL programs. The site was setup to correspond to Round Table events held during September and October 2014. Subscribe to the news at the bottom of this page to stay updated as new information and tools are added.


Full List of ResourcesImplementation


  • Kentucky - WBL Manual (PDF)
  • Massachusetts - WBL Plan (PDF)
  • New York - WBL Manual (PDF)
  • South Carolina - Yorktech Student Guidebook to WBL (PDF)
  • Vermont - WBL Guide (PDF)


  • Alaska WBL Guide Appendix A (PDF)
  • Illinois Central College Refines Work-Based Programs at Statewide Gathering


  • May 14, 2015 - Commerce Presentation to Employers in LWI​​A 23 (PDF)
  • July 2014 - National Governors Association:  A State Model for Promoting Work-Based Learning (PDF)

Work-Based Training Roundtable Springfield, Naperville, & Chicago - September 2014

  • Work-Based Learning Presentation (PDF)
  • Agenda - Springfield (PDF)
  • Agenda - Naperville (PDF)
  • Agenda - Chicago (PDF)
  • Evaluation (PDF)
  • Employer Panel - Springfield (PDF)
  • Employer Panel - Naperville (PDF)
  • Action Plan Template (PDF)
  • Action Plan Template (MS Word)
  • Work-Based Learning Web Page Guide (PDF)


  • Illinois Pathways WBL Program of Study Report (PDF)
  • Employer Engagement Pilot Project, NEG OJT Review and Recommendations (PDF)

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