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About this website. This website provides "how-to" information about using the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan and about using the Massachusetts Career Readiness (MA-CR) Database.  The website also provides resources to support the development of youth employment programs, to share information among programs, and to provide ideas for quality youth employment placements.  The site is designed for use by staff, youth and employers in Massachusetts programs that use the Work-Based Learning Plan.   Also -- many of the resources are also valuable for youth employment programs anywhere.

What is the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan? The Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan is used to structure youth employment placements, including summer jobs, internships, cooperative education placements, volunteer and service learning experiences, and more.  It is a two-page document (or a series of four screens online), designed as an easy-to-use system for focusing on identifying an assessing the skills developed through worksite learning experiences.  The Work-Based Learning Plan includes a job description, a description of the Employability Skills and Career and Workplace Specific Skills used in the student’s placement and a performance review section.  

Quick Links:

One-page Fact Sheet [PDF]

WBLP Resource Guide [PDF]

Paper Copy of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan [Word]

PowerPoint Presentations

Database Link:

Archived Documents: 

Spanish version of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan [Word] [older 4-page version]

Portuguese version of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan [Word] [older 4-page version]

Visit the "What's New in the Database" page (available from the menu along the right) for news and announcements about new database features and about other new resources that complement your work.  The "What's New" announcements are also visible when you sign into the database, displayed on the database welcome page after you sign in.

Share Your Story.  What is your school or community doing to support career development for youth? Share your story via the Massachusetts Connecting Activities website.