Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship
The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship (OWBLA), located within the Department of Workforce Development and part of Governor Holcomb’s NextLevel Agenda, serves to develop and implement a framework of various work-based learning pathways for both youth and adult populations. To accomplish this, the office concentrates on three objectives:
- Coordinate efforts and partner with the U.S. Department of Labor to expand registered apprenticeships.
- Develop flexible and scalable programs that focus on the state’s key economic sectors and regional high-wage, high-demand occupations.
- Build public-private partnerships to increase business and industry engagement with education systems.
What is Work-Based Learning?
Work Based Learning is a framework of various pathways, or solutions, which include practical experiences to help individuals gain an understanding of an occupation with on-the-job learning. It ranges from career awareness to career training. Pathways may include: U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship, State Earn and Learn (SEAL), Adult Education with On-the-Job Training, Internship and Capstone Courses, Career and Technical Education, and Job Shadowing Opportunities.