Work-based learning, a key component of school-to-work programs, depends on employers who are willing to provide placements and to ensure that the placements are educational. This report compares employers participating in work-based learning programs with nonparticipating ones, and examines the relationship between participants' motivation and the quality of the placements they provide. The data suggests that the most important motivation for participation remains philanthropic. Among nonparticipating firms, most say they need more bottom-line oriented arguments to convince them to join up. The authors conclude that it will be necessary to collect solid data to support the claim that participating in work-based learning is in the firm's interest in order to promote the spread of these programs.
MDS-902 / March 1998
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