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  • Incentive for Businesses

  • Businesses in every industry-sector need skilled workers, but employers often struggle to find these workers. Two critical ways to help bridge this gap: foster relationships with teachers by contributing insights into curriculum development and supporting work-based learning opportunities.

     

    Direct Benefits

    • Creates a pool of skilled potential future employees.
    • Provides employees with opportunities to serve as ambassadors for the company.
    • Improves employee retention.
    • Reduces training/recruitment costs.
    • Develops new projects with student assistance.
    • Advances their reputation in their communities as supporters of education and providers of good jobs.
    • Positive impact in the development of your region.
    • A stake in shaping curriculum and working with local teachers.
    • Assisting in the development of a home-grown workforce.

    If you are a local business and you're interested considering participating in Work Based Learning, the he following are tips for engaging youth.

    Volunteer to be a Guest Speaker

    • Make it personal. As you talk about your work, use anecdotes from your own experience.
    • Make it interactive. Get the students involved as quickly as possible: ask questions and encourage them to do the same. Asking questions about their exposure to your profession breaks the ice and simultaneously gives you a better feel for your audience.
    • Make it concrete. Give specific, hands-on examples and use props and audiovisuals whenever you can. Discuss the tools of the trade: computers (PC, laptop), terminology databases, the Internet, email, fax, computer programs, etc.
    • Make it fun. Use audiovisuals and/or a game format to keep your presentation lively and interesting. Photos, figures and icons work as visual memory triggers. Minimize verbosity.
    • Make it count. Leaving something tangible behind will magnify the effect of your visit. Give the students souvenirs, and give the teacher a resource handout with pointers to more information on careers. Even a flyer about your job or a brochure on your employer that the students can keep will help them remember you and your talk.

    Use Communication Openers like

    • Let’s have a show of hands. How many of you think/agree . . . ?
    • Can anyone give me an example of . . . ?
    • How many of you have/think/agree with . . . ?
    • Who knows/has ever experienced/appreciates . . . ?
    • Can anyone tell me what (blank) means?
    • What do you think is the most important/interesting . . .?
    • Under what circumstances do you think (blank) happens/is necessary?
    • Can you think of a reason/possibility when. . . ?
    • Does (blank) sound familiar to any you?

     

    Describe your work

    • Typical workday routine
    • Work environment
    • Current or projected job market for individuals in your field
    • If you have knowledge regarding other jobs within your industry, consider discussing similarities/differences in responsibilities, skills, work environment and educational requirements.
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