Workforce Prep Overview
“What you see is what you get” meaning that exposure is important as children’s knowledge of jobs is based on what is available to them to observe directly or indirectly.
The Ohio Model
The Ohio 4-H Workforce Preparation Initiative has created a model outlining the following areas:
- • Career awareness and exploration
- • Work readiness and skill development
- • Work-based learning
- • Post-secondary internships
- • Lifelong learning
Skills for Success
There is widespread agreement about the type of skills and personal qualities required for 21st century work and life. These skills include:
- • Thinking skills
- • Communication
- • Teamwork and leadership
- • Lifelong learning and self-direction
- • Technology adoption and application
- • Professionalism and ethics
Visit the Skills for Success page for more detailed information!
Career awareness involves self awareness (learning about skills and interests or disinterests) and what they involve, and exploration is a process that needs to begin at an early age and continue across the age spectrum.
Starting at an early age (pre-school), youth benefit from learning about careers and processing what they learn with adults. Younger youth are involved in learning through play and guided experiences. Older youth are involved in more in-depth exploration. Even as adults, this component of workforce preparation is important when thinking about career changes or being a parent who serves as a career advisor.
Check out the “Programming “section on more information on how to prepare your youth!