The Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship, located within the Department of Workforce Development and part of Gov. Holcomb’s NextLevel Agenda, serves to develop and implement a framework of various work-based learning pathways for both youth and adult populations. To accomplish this, the office will concentrate on three objectives:
State Earn and Learn
Adult Education with OJT
Internship and Capstone Courses
Career and Technical Education
Through the U.S. Department of Labor, this program includes on-the-job training with accompanying study for a trade/profession resulting in a national industry certification with wage increases at specified timeframes.
Most training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentice learn their trade or profession, in exchange for their continued labor for an agreed period after they have achieved measurable competencies.
Apprenticeships typically last 3 to 7 years. People who successfully complete an apprenticeship reach the "journeyman" or professional certification level of competence.
Indiana’s State Earn and Learn (SEAL) programs are certified through the Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship.
Indiana Adult Education programs provide instruction free of charge to help individuals acquire the skills needed to earn a high school equivalency diploma, go to college, or enter an entry-level occupational certification program.
Participants work for an employer, paid or unpaid, for a limited period of time for career exploration and experience, skill development, and networking. Traditional internships are in the summer, with a focus on high school and college students.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. The mission of CTE in Indiana is to ensure an education system of high quality and equity for the academic achievement and career preparation of all Indiana students.
Aimed at career awareness and exploration, these experiences typically last for one day or less.