Ohio’s 4-H Workforce Prep Model
Workforce preparation programs engage youth through distinct but connected experiences. Our conception of workforce preparation programs is not simply on getting a job, nor is the focus to prepare youth for specific jobs. Rather, through intentional programmatic efforts, youth development professionals can create authentic learning experiences that complement the formal education system and facilitate the development of skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Workforce preparation strategies must build on an early foundation of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences to most effectively achieve long-term results.
The goals of workforce preparation programs are to introduce young people to the world of work and to develop the workforce skills necessary for success through active participation in learning experiences.
Key Components of Ohio’s 4-H WFP Model
• Career Awareness & Exploration
• Skill Development
• Work-Based Learning
• Post-Secondary Internships
• Lifelong Learning