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2021 Florida Statutes (Including 2021B Session)

Work-based learning opportunities.
F.S. 446.0915
446.0915 Work-based learning opportunities.
(1) As used in this section, the term “work-based learning opportunity” means an interaction with industry or community professionals that occurs in a workplace setting, to the extent possible, or a simulated environment at an educational institution that allows firsthand experience with tasks required in a given career field, is aligned with curriculum and instruction, and is provided in partnership with an educational institution.
(2) A work-based learning opportunity must meet all of the following criteria:
(a) Be developmentally appropriate.
(b) Identify learning objectives for the term of experience.
(c) Explore multiple aspects of an industry.
(d) Develop workplace skills and competencies.
(e) Assess performance.
(f) Provide opportunities for work-based reflection.
(g) Link to next steps in career planning and preparation in a student’s chosen career pathway.
(h) Be provided in an equal and fair manner.
(i) Be documented and reported in compliance with state and federal labor laws.

A work-based learning opportunity should prioritize paid experiences, such as apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs.

(3) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement this section which must include uniform minimum standards and guidelines for determining student eligibility, obligations of employers, and requirements of institutions that offer work-based learning opportunities.
History.s. 16, ch. 2021-164.