Work-Based Learning Incentive Program

WBLI Employer Program 

WBLI provides financial reimbursements of up to $10,000!  Rural and/or small businesses are eligible to earn additional incentives of $100.  Applications are now open and will be collected on a rolling basis and funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out.   The program runs through May 2024. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is dedicated to building relationships with employers through statewide work-based learning programs.  WBLI is a state-funded program that provides incentives for Colorado employers interested in growing and diversifying Colorado’s experiential learning system to create new or enhance existing work-based learning programs for youth and adults.  

The Program

WBLI will provide funding to help with the start-up costs of developing work-based learning programs, including training dollars that could be used in partnership with institutions of higher education or other training providers.  WBLI aligns with the Learning Quality Expectations in the process of identifying employers to award.  There are multiple incentive levels available as shown on the Employer Incentive ChecklistThese are the 3 approved activity  categories (this list is not exhaustive):

Learning ABOUT Work: 

Career counseling, career planning, career fairs, career presentations, 

industry speakers, informational interviews, mentoring, worksite tours, 

project-based learning, job shadowing, externships

Learning THROUGH Work:  

Clinical experiences, Credit-for-work experiences, internships, 

pre-apprenticeships, industry-sponsored projects, 

supervised entrepreneurship experience.

Learning AT Work: 

Apprenticeships, On-the-job training, employee development, 

residencies, incumbent worker training

Employer Online Application 

How to Apply


Eligible Entities 


Ready to apply? 

Please be aware that the application and attachments must be completed in their entirety to be considered for funding. 

Online Application 

Not sure if the Work-Based Learning Incentive Program is a good fit?  Reach out to  CDLE_WBLI@state.co.us to connect with a member of the WBLI Team.

Contact Information

For questions about the Work-Based Learning Incentive (WBLI) Program please email: CDLE_WBLI@state.co.us