Getting Started:

Read: Implementing the Work-Based Learning Plan (booklet with red cover; available here to read online)

Read: WBLP Introductory Workshop Exercises

View PowerPoint: Introduction to the Work-Based Learning Plan (There are several versions of this introduction - for youth, for employers, or for general/any audience).

View Video:

Through the reading and PowerPoint presentations, you will become familiar with the purpose of the WBLP; the history of the WBLP; the benefits of using the WBLP, including benefits to the employer, participant and staff; the steps involved in implementing the WBLP; where to find suggestions and ideas about job descriptions, skills and tasks to include in the WBLP; and tips about conducting reviews.

As follow-up:

  • Talk with colleagues in your region or program to learn more about specific steps followed in implementing the WBLP. In your region or program, who usually writes the job description, skills and tasks? Who facilitates the reviews? Are WBLPs created through the database screens, pen-and-paper, or both? Are there any current thoughts about changing the implementation process?
  • For your own notes, create a flowchart showing the steps for creating a WBLP.
  • For your own notes, create a list of 3-5 benefits of using the WBLP.

To Learn More:

  • Subscribe to the Skills Pages Youth Employment Blog and read past articles to read about job description, skills/tasks and other features of WBLPs statewide.
  • In the Online WBL Database, browse the bank of sample job descripitons and skills/tasks to see more examples.
  • In the Online WBL Database, browse the skills reports available from the Reports/Admin menu.  Run Report 1: Skill Gain; Report 2A: Skills Used; and Report 7: Job Titles, to get an overview of job placements in your region.
  • Attend conferences and workshops to share best practices with others.

The Massachusetts Career Ready Database (WBLP) is used throughout Massachusetts to structure youth employment Photo of supervisor and intern working togetherplacements, including summer jobs, internships, cooperative education placements and more.  It is a four-page document (or four screens if you use the online version) that provides a job description, a list and description of key foundation skills and career and workplace-specific skills, and a performance evaluation.

The Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan is designed to be easy-to-use and intuitive!  Here are some quick tips to help you get started.


The WBLP may be completed online at or on paper.  You can download the WBLP as a paper (Microsoft Word) document from the Resources section of this website).

The Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through an interagency collaboration of employers, educators and workforce development professionals.

If you are new to the WBLP and want more  information about how you can use it, you can contact the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) for your area, the program coordinator for the youth employment program in your area, or email sstewartThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Massachuetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.