Work-Based Learning Toolkit

The Arvada Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with an action team of education, business and non-profit partners, created this Work-Based Learning Toolkit to help guide businesses through the terminology, data, roles, benefits and action steps of work-based learning (WBL). WBL connects local students and adults with businesses in an intentional way to engage in real-world work experiences. This equitable, flexible approach to hands-on industry experience is designed to upskill the community’s talent pipeline to directly serve the academic, technical and social needs of the local economy.

Part One:

  • An introduction to WBL
  • WBL by the numbers
  • Business outcomes
  • Student and community outcomes
  • Steps to get started with WBL
  • Local resources

Part Two:

  • A checklist to prepare your workplace for WBL
  • Risk and liability mitigation tips
  • Advice for working with students, adults, and people with disabilities
  • Next steps and reflection pointers after your WBL experience
  • Free and local resources

    Part Three:

    • A checklist for expanding a work-based learning program
    • DEI considerations
    • Demand planning tips
    • A work-based learning example schedule
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Funding options to support your WBL program
    View Part One

    View Part Two
    View Part Three


    Fill out the work-based learning interest form here.

    This interest form, created by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, will help us best align our efforts with your needs. Once completed, a chamber staff member will be in touch with the next steps on your WBL engagement.