Work-Based Learning for Employers

Work-based learning provides employers with the opportunity to develop their future workforce while assisting students in developing industry and employability skills before they graduate or complete their workforce training certificates. It is a key strategy for workforce development and facilitating a globally competitive educational system.

We aim to create and promote a continuum of work-based learning opportunities that provides support to employers by building capacity to on-board new and experienced talent into the workforce. Work-based learning aims to empower employers to develop their future workforce—and to ensure our college and community partners have the support they need to develop industry and employability-skills before they graduate or complete their workforce training certificates. I encourage you to learn more about work-based learning, contact CSM's Industry Engagement team, and find the right opportunities for your organization to get involved.” ​ - CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy

The Value of WBL: Develop Your Future Workforce!

  • Work-based learning experiences enable students to feel confident and prepared for their future, and employers gain a talented pool of homegrown job applicants that they helped generate.
  • Employers gain a competitive edge in hiring work-based learning students by having a strong influence in the education program of future employees.
  • Employers provide valuable feedback to the College of Southern Maryland about the needs of their business/industry resulting in a positive impact on workforce development.
  • Employee Culture and Morale – Employees benefit through mentoring students, creating higher morale and improved work culture, which leads to increased productivity.
  • Community Involvement and Goodwill – Build relationships and connections, increase industry awareness and learn about shared interests and goals.

What are the participation requirements for employers?

  • Create a position description that identifies professional skills (i.e. soft skills, technical skills, communication skills) that the student will be learning during their internship.
  • Complete the employer pre-assessment.
  • Provide the student with a supervised, progressive, and meaningful work experience.
  • Provide compensation.
  • Assure a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Permit on-site visits by CSM’s Industry Engagement Specialist.
  • Complete student performance evaluations.

 

 

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