Welcome to the Work and Learn Resource Hub

The Work and Learn Resource Hub is designed to support employers, educators and community partners navigate the work-based learning experience ecosystem. Users will be able to learn how the state defines work-based learning experiences, gain knowledge on the process and procedures necessary to design and continue to develop work and learn programs and connect to others that are offering high-quality opportunities.

Some additional features include:

  • How to connect to work-based learning coordinators and candidates
  • Understanding Department of Labor laws and regulations
  • Financial incentives for hosting work-based learning experiences
  • Connect to statewide workshops and communities of practice

What are Work-based Learning Experiences?

Sustained interactions between participants (adults/youth) and professionals in real or simulated workplace settings that foster in-depth, firsthand experiences with the tasks required in a given career field. Activities are aligned and evaluated with course/training competencies while offering participants the opportunity to earn intentional career outcomes.

Intentional career outcomes include pathway-aligned occupational-specific skills and one or more of the following:

  • Certifications
  • Credentials
  • College Credit
  • Financial Compensation

Definition of quality for WBL experiences will be determined by participating organizations or institutions.

Types of Experiences


Internships take a lot of different forms and serve a variety of purposes depending on the level and background experience of the intern. Internships are not just part time work, although generally designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain work experience.

Work experiences or internships are planned, structured learning experiences that take place in a workplace for a limited period of time and are typically for individuals who are new to an industry or occupation. Work experience or internships may be paid or unpaid and must follow all state laws and regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act (see U.S. Department of Labor, Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act). Work experience or internships may be within the private for-profit sector, the nonprofit sector, or the public sector. Work experiences and internships may also include (but are not limited to):

  • Summer employment and other employment activities available throughout the higher education school year
  • Internships and job shadowing
  • On-the-job training
  • Workplace simulations
  • Adult Education’s Workforce Education Initiative (WEI) and Integrated Education and Training (IET) Experiences (see Indiana Adult Education)

At the secondary level, students that have not participated in CTE programs may complete internships that are more focused on career exploration and/or making connections to relevant core courses. Students that have participated in CTE courses may participate in an internship embedded into a course or through a capstone experience and generally focuses on the application of technical skills learned in their CTE programs.


Micro-Internships are a cross between job shadowing and a full-fledged internship. Micro-Internships are more project based short-term exposures to industry. These experiences may be more of a trial run, in secondary,only running 15-20 hours, at the postsecondary level this may run for 1-8 weeks.

School Based-Enterprises/Workplace Simulation

A school-based enterprise or workplace simulation is a real or simulated business, usually conducted on the school site, as a component of a course. Students create and operate an economically viable venture that replicates a specific business or industry and generates revenue for the CTSO or school. Workplace simulations tend to be more in-depth and more closely mirror an actual workplace setting in terms of facilities, equipment and operations and include networking opportunities with industry professionals and interactions with paying customers or clients.

Comprehensive Work Experience Programs

Comprehensive Programs are training provider or employer-driven, "earn while you learn" model that combines on-the-job training (OJT) with job-related instruction in curricula tied to the attainment of industry-recognized skills standards and certificates. Comprehensive programs are planned, structured learning experiences that combine classroom learning with paid internships may be within the private for-profit sector, the nonprofit sector, or the public sector. Pre-Apprenticeships require an additional articulation agreement.

Comprehensive Programs are training provider or employer-driven "earn while you learn" model that combines on-the-job training (OJT) with job-related instruction in curricula tied to the attainment of industry-recognized skills standards and certificates. Comprehensive programs are planned, structured learning experiences that combine classroom learning with paid and/or meaningful hands-on experience. These experiences may be within the private for-profit sector, the nonprofit sector, or the public sector. Pre-Apprenticeships require an additional articulation agreement.

Comprehensive Pre-Apprenticeship programs include all of the following elements:

  • Related Instruction;
  • On-the-Job training (OJT) / Meaningful Hands-on Experience;
  • Mentoring/Coaching opportunities;
  • Industry-recognized skills standards and/or Indiana promoted certificates list; and
  • Articulated pathway into an active U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship program.

ABA Grant TA Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Quality pre-apprenticeship programs can play a valuable role in preparing qualified entry-level workers for Registered Apprenticeship careers while contributing to the development of a diverse and skilled workforce. For the purposes of the ABA grant, pre-apprenticeship programs must include the following five elements:

  • Designed in collaboration with a RAP sponsor;
  • Meaningful hands-on training that does not displace paid employees;
  • Facilitated entry and/or articulation agreement;
  • Sustainability through partnerships; and
  • Access to appropriate supportive services.

Certified Earn and Learn (SEAL)

State Earn and Learn (SEAL) program is another comprehensive industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. Participants can obtain paid work experience, receive progressive wage increases, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. SEAL programs are certified by the State’s DWD Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship.

U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship is a comprehensive national training system that combines paid learning on-the-job and related technical and theoretical instruction in a skilled occupation. Registered Apprenticeships offer jobseekers immediate employment opportunities that typically pay higher wages and offer continued career growth. Certifications earned through Registered Apprenticeship programs are recognized nationwide as portable industry credentials. The primary apprenticeship certification is a Certificate of Completion, awarded at the end of a successfully completed apprenticeship program. Many programs also offer interim credentials and training certificates based on a competency model that leads to a Certificate of Completion (see U.S. DOL Apprenticeship Programs).

Modern Youth Apprenticeship

A specific state-certified program that integrates school based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills. These programs often extend over the course of two-three years.


A Pre-Apprenticeship is a specific type of youth apprenticeship opportunity that is articulated to a registered apprenticeship program. Pre-Apprenticeship programs may be eligible for additional funding if certified by the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships (OWBLA).

Events & Workshops

Learn more and stay connected through work-based learning events including conferences, webinars, workshops geared towards employers, educators and intermediaries offered across the state of Indiana.

Work-Based Learning: Introduction to Work and Learn Indiana and EARN Indiana


7/24/2024 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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Indiana Latino Institute Work-Based Learning Workshop


7/23/2024 at 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

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Featured Programs

Looking for ideas on how to get started with creating an internship program? If you would like to take your internship program to the next level or learn more about educators and employers doing great work in the work and learn space, check out featured programs within the state to get inspired.


Created in 2005 as part of an effort to consolidate IT organization across Indiana’s state government, IOT is the backbone provider of IT services, support, and policy in the executive branch. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Office of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeships, the SEAL IT Program reskills a diverse group of adult citizens into information technology and security careers.

Program Details

Endress+Hauser / ICATT Apprenticeship

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services, and solutions for industrial process engineering. The apprentice attends IVY Tech Community College two days a week while working for Endress+Hauser three days per week seeking a degree in AAS Advance Automation Robotics Technology (AART). Completing the degree in two years, this equates to 1500 hours of instruction.

Program Details

Commodore Manufacturing

Commodore Manufacturing opened its doors in 2017. It is a student-led manufacturing company that is located within the footprint of Perry Central Community Schools. Perry Central was a recipient of a grant through CELL that allowed staff to travel and see best practices across the country. Students are vendors for Waupaca Foundry (one of the largest employers in Perry County), Boston International, ATTC and other local companies. Students also run their own product lines that they sell to the community.

Program Details

Where Do You Begin?

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