The AWB Institute launched a state-wide platform that connects young people across the state to real-world, work-based learning opportunities to better prepare students to choose high-growth careers and be better prepared for the 21st century jobs Washington needs.
The Washington Workforce Portal links higher education, industry and k-12 partners. Students attending high school, 2 year and 4 year public and private post-secondary institutions who are seeking work based learning opportunities such as internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, mentorship, will be directly matched with businesses seeking to recruit the next generation of their workforce.
Workforce-based learning benefits both employers and students. For employers it offers a cost-effective opportunity to evaluate a potential future employee, a pipeline for candidates. access to students with special skills and/or knowledge and a way to gain short term talent to assist current employees.
For students it provides hands-on work experience, an opportunity to network with professionals in one’s field of interest, and a chance to explore career options and develop transferable skills.