Benefits of Extended Learning Opportunities

For the Employer: As shared by Zenagui Brahim

  • Enhance partnerships with schools
  • Influences and contributes to the educational growth of students
  • Provides opportunities to share experiences, insights and knowledge with students
  • Prepares a higher skilled and motivated workforce
  • Improves supervisory and motivational skills for employees by working with students; reenergizes current employees
  • Assists young people in understanding what employers expect of employees
  • Involves employees as mentors
  • Facilitates recruitment of qualified prospective employees with less training costs and turnover o Builds a positive community image

To the Community:

  • Enhances school-community relationships
  • Improves the chances for attracting new industries when effective partnerships are established between schools and industry
  • Facilitates students’ transition from school to careers
  • Improves the recruitment pool of qualified employees
  • Enhances economic quality of life through a competently trained workforce
  • Enhances community awareness through public relations and recognition of school and employer involvement.
  • Keeps education current with employer needs

For the Student:

  • Receives opportunity for academic credit
  • Gains specific workplace skills and knowledge
  • Receives hands-on learning experience and “soft skills” such as teamwork, etc.
  • Becomes aware of expectations of the workplace
  • Connects the relevance between school subjects and the workplace
  • Receives guidance in forming an information base to assist in career decisions that are compatible with personal interests and skills
  • Develops an increased motivation to excel in school
  • Builds self-confidence in working with adults
  • Develops positive self-image, peer recognition and leadership skills
  • Develops abilities to work as a team member
  • Develops network of career contacts for the future
  • Receives opportunity to enhance career portfolio
  • Explores career options
  • Applies and reinforces knowledge and skills learned in academic and occupational courses
  • Facilitates transition from school to the workplace and/or post-secondary education/training
  • Explores future interests – skills needed, salary, working conditions
  • Assists students in understanding what employers expect of employees


For the School:

  • Strengthens the bonds with businesses and the community
  • Provides opportunities to connect academics to career learning experiences
  • Provides opportunities to motivate students, increase academic achievement, reduce dropout rates, and improve attendance
  • Utilizes employers’ up-to-date workplaces for training
  • Obtains possible opportunities for full-time placement
  • Provides more structured and supported transition opportunities for students with disabilities
  • Assistance with Special Education Transition compliance

For the Cooperating Teacher

  • Rewarding experience
  • Personalize their subject discipline
  • Support much deeper explorations of it than are possible in limited class time.
  • Help a student toward a successful graduation through a fulfilling learning experience
  • See a student gain the knowledge and confidence that they can succeed if an interest is pursued with dedication.