Work-Based Learning Incentive Program

The Work-Based Learning Incentive Program (WBLIP) is a state-funded program offering financial reimbursements of up to $10,000 to businesses to create or expand high-quality work-based learning programs. Additional incentives are available, including for small and/or rural businesses. This program ends in May 2024.

About the Work-Based Learning Incentive Program

This program for students and job seekers creates opportunities to learn ABOUT work THROUGH work and AT work.

What does work-based learning look like? (This list is not exhaustive)

Learn ABOUT Work:

$1,500-$2,500 Reimbursement Available

  • Job shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Project-based learning
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Planning
  • Career Fairs
  • Career Presentations
  • Industry Speakers
  • Informational Interviews
  • Worksite Tours

Learn THROUGH Work:

$4,500-$6,000 Reimbursement Available

  • Clinical Experiences
  • Credit-for-work Experiences
  • Internships
  • Pre-apprenticeships
  • Industry-sponsored Project
  • Supervised Entrepreneurship Experience

Learning AT Work:

$8,000 – $10,000 Reimbursement Available

  • Apprenticeships
  • On-the-job Training
  • Employee Development

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Reimbursement Program Guidelines and Expectations

To receive an incentive payment from this reimbursement program, the employers must provide BOTH documentation that the requirement was accomplished AND a reimbursement request for allowable expenses, including staff costs, to complete the requirement. Employers may only be reimbursed up to the maximum amount allowed, $10,000. Please view the Employer Incentive Checklist.

Quality learning experiences for learners and job seekers is an expected outcome of work-based learning. Through this program, employers must meet the Work-based Learning Quality Expectations.

Get Involved

For more information and to sign up your business for Work-Based Learning and this reimbursement program, contact Heather Everett, WBLIP manager, at [email protected].