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.

    Interested in a White-Labeled Version of the Toolkit for your Organization?

    We are happy to share the information and design of this toolkit with businesses, organizations, and chamber partners.

    The toolkit text and design, including all associated content, materials, and documentation, may be used with the permission of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. All modifications must be approved by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.

    Requests for permission to white-label this toolkit for duplication and distribution should be made here.