Developing Idaho's Workforce Through Work-Based Learning

The Idaho LEADER Initiative helps employers build the work-based learning strategies they need to grow their skilled workforce. Eleven state agencies are partnering to build the resources businesses need to get started.

As an Idaho business LEADER, your engagement may begin in the schools, helping students Learn About Work by signing up for Next Steps Idaho Connections to meet one-on-one with students in a virtual setting. You may choose a more hands–on approach, helping Idahoans take the next step in their career at your business by Learning Through Work or diving right into Learning at Work by starting an apprenticeship program.

As an Idaho education LEADER, you have the opportunity to introduce students to a wide array of careers they might find personally and financially rewarding. Whether it’s helping them learn about work by inviting a guest speaker from a business in your community to meet in-person, requesting a presentation from an employer virtually through Next Steps Idaho Connections, participating in a teacher externship to learn more about the world of work outside of education, or starting a School to Registered Apprenticeship program, you are part of Idaho’s work-based learning continuum.

No matter what your path, the road to a pipeline of qualified talent begins when you LEAD.

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Exploration

Learning About Work

Learning about work activities help people understand the world of work and explore career possibilities. This can include, teachers bringing career information into the classroom, students engaging with potential future employers, or teachers themselves doing short, practical work experiences.

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First Steps

Learning Through Work

Learning through work helps trainees learn both specific job-related skills but also exposer to basic job-readiness skills that can help them prepare for a career or start an apprenticeship.

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Digging Deeper

Learning at Work

This on-the-job training can be a formal apprenticeship program where hands-on training is coupled with related classroom instruction or can take place in when individuals are taught by other employees how to complete a task while doing a job.

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Benefits of Work-based Learning

BUILDING YOUR
TALENT PIPELINE

Active participation in the LEADER Initiative can provide Idaho employers with a number of business advantages, such as: 

  • An active role in the development of current and future employees 
  • Better-prepared employees who understand workplace expectations 
  • A welldeveloped pipeline of qualified, motivated, early-career talent 
  • A structured and scalable framework for training employees 
  • Natural pre-screening of trainees 
  • Increased employee productivity  
  • Positive public relations within the community 
  • Increased staff retention 
  • Enhanced corporate competitiveness 

Charting Your Path

A Continuum
of Experiences that Lead to Employment

The work-based learning continuum is a set of activities through which students gain increasing exposure to the world of work and workers gain the skills necessary to advance their careers.   

From exposure in the classroom to on-the-job training, Idaho employers are free to determine the experiences in which they would like to engage based on business objectives and resources available to support these effortsView the work-based learning continuum to better understand the activities that meet your organization’s needs.  

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Benefits of Work-based Learning

Charting Your Path

BUILDING YOUR
TALENT PIPELINE

Active participation in the LEADER Initiative can provide Idaho employers with a number of business advantages, such as: 

  • An active role in the development of current and future employees 
  • Better-prepared employees who understand workplace expectations 
  • A welldeveloped pipeline of qualified, motivated, early-career talent 
  • A structured and scalable framework for training employees 
  • Natural pre-screening of trainees 
  • Increased employee productivity  
  • Positive public relations within the community 
  • Increased staff retention 
  • Enhanced corporate competitiveness 

A Continuum
of Experiences that Lead to Employment

The work-based learning continuum is a set of activities through which students gain increasing exposure to the world of work and workers gain the skills necessary to advance their careers.   

From exposure in the classroom to on-the-job training, Idaho employers are free to determine the experiences in which they would like to engage based on business objectives and resources available to support these effortsView the work-based learning continuum to better understand the activities that meet your organization’s needs.  

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Plug In to LEADER

The LEADER Initiative offers many ways to engage—from the classroom to the worksite, online or in person, and for everyone from youth to early-career employees, to veterans. Browse our directory to find pre-existing programs. 

Learning About Work
Learning Through Work
Learning At Work
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Lead by Example

Join the LEADER Initiative today by signing up for Next Steps Idaho Connections. Connect with Idaho students and help them learn about careers in your industry virtually. 

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