Work-Based Learning Incentive (WBLI) 


Program Details

What is Work-Based Learning?

Work-based learning is an educational approach that emphasizes practical, hands-on experience in a professional work setting as a means of complementing traditional classroom-based instruction. This type of learning can take many forms, such as internships, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, or job shadowing, and can occur at various stages of a person’s education and career development. The ultimate goal of work-based learning is to provide learners with relevant, real-world experience that prepares them for success in the workforce.

Why do Work-Based Learning?

Work-based learning is beneficial for businesses because it helps build a talent pipeline by exposing new talent to your work. This can also support future productivity and profitability by developing potential employees’ skills and fosters a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

What is the Work-Based Learning Incentive (WBLI) Program?

In May of 2022 the Colorado State Legislature passed Senate Bill 22-140, creating the WBLI Program. The goal of the $3 million program is to increase and expand the number of work-based learning opportunities available to youth and adults across Colorado by providing monetary incentives to Employers to create new, or enhance existing, work-based learning programs. The WBLI Program will reimburse employers up to $10,000 for developing and implementing Work-Based Learning activities in your company through December 31, 2024.

Expenses related to WBL activities not funded by other grant sources are eligible for reimbursement. 

Interested in the Program?

Schedule a WBLI Program Navigation Call with Kylie Parks here or complete the below form.

Success Stories

Watch the below WBLIP Success Stories from Balefire Goods, Snarky Sweet Cake Chick, Salzano Electric, and Forward Steps.


    How do I apply?

    Please complete the form at the top of this page. You will be notified via email of your acceptance into the program. Once accepted, you will receive onboarding material along with the documents and reporting to complete for reimbursement. The Arvada Chamber team is committed to your success and will be available to answer any questions and support you as you navigate defining your work-based learning goals and reimbursement requests. Unfortunately, funds are limited to $400,000 in total disbursements and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    I don’t have any programs like this at my company but I’m interested! How do I learn more about the eligible activities? 

    We understand that employers may be starting at different points and this grant meets you where you are by offering incentives for the design and placement of participants in your program. As noted above, the activity types and opportunities vary in time commitment and scope. The official checklist of reimbursable activities for this program is linked here. Please also review the State of Colorado’s definitions of Quality Expectations of Work-Based Learning activities linked here

    How do I get reimbursed?

    Reporting and other proof of activity documentation will be collected on a monthly basis as defined in your agreement. Reimbursements are made by mailed check.

    What if I end up changing direction?

    Funds are limited for this program. If you decide to not participate or reduce your planned activities, you must advise the Arvada Chamber of Commerce staff. You will receive reminders to submit your monthly reporting for reimbursement. Lack of response over time will be deemed as deactivation from the program.

    What if I provide WBL beyond December 31, 2024?

    Excellent! Keep going! Approved activities through December 31, 2024 are reimbursable for this program.