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The work-based learning component of the YA Program is designed to provide an on-the-job learning environment for students by being "apprenticed" to an experienced mentor.
As with all apprenticeship programs, the work-based learning component is the primary method for teaching the required competencies, the local business becomes an extension of the classroom for the YA student. The required Related Technical classroom instruction is intended to support the work-based learning experience by providing theoretical knowledge and, when needed, providing appropriate skill development.
Workplace mentors are one of the most critical elements which often determine the success of a youthapprenticeship. One mentor may work with more than one YA student at a worksite, and the mentor may assignmultiple "trainers" to instruct the YA student while they rotate among various departments.