WORK-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Building First-Choice Futures
WBL VISION STATEMENT
To provide purposeful learning opportunities for Pequea Valley Learners, through creating learning environments that inspire each learner to excel to their highest potential. We believe "Each Learner Counts" at Pequea Valley and our school district hopes to provide customized work-based learning opportunities which shape each learner's life and career path while also providing benefit to the community. We seek to create “win-win” work-based learning situations benefiting the learner, the company, and the community.
Why Work-based Learning?
1. To gain experience-This will allow you gain insight into your first choice. You will gain knowledge and understanding of what it means to be in the working field/professional settings.
2. To have a better understanding-An internship allows you to take time to understand your role, tasks and the industry. Internships want you to leave knowing more than you came with, and this is most likely the outcome
3. Have the opportunity to learn and watch-You can learn from the best during an internship. People will be watching over you and working closely with you on projects so that you have someone to look up to and a goal to work towards.
4. Gain the ability to put new things into practice-You can try out new skills and tools without the pressure of being wrong. Internships are a time to experiment, and people who hire you for that internship know that.
5. Build confidence-Whether it be public speaking, giving presentations or simply suggesting new ideas, internships will build your confidence which allows you to grow as both a worker and a person. Confidence is key because if you don’t believe in yourself…who will?
6. To get a feel for different industries-Internships are usually for 3-6 months. This allows you to get a feel for different industries in a small period of time. You also pick up a wider variety of skills when working in different industries which can make you more attractive to employers and hiring managers!
7. To communicate-Internships require you to both work individually and within a team. You learn to communicate in new ways to build professional working relationships with people of all ages. This is great because it allows you to be open to other peoples ideas and to get creative in a team in order to build better ideas and ultimately, to build a better company
How Do I Get Started?
All PV Learners are welcome to participate in work-based learning opportunities. Learners should meet with their school counselor to discuss their interest in participating in a PV Work-based learning opportunity, then set up a meeting with Mr. Erb (Career Readiness Coordinator) and/or Ms. Bain (Career Counselor) to pursue placement. Already have a an experience in mind? Click on one of the Work-Based links above to get started.
Companies and community resources who are interested in finding out more can contact Jared Erb, the PV Career Readiness Coordinator.