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Purpose and Function in a High-Quality Pathways System

Hawai’i work-based learning intermediaries act on behalf of our local workforce and education system to connect our students to structured, industry-specific work-based learning opportunities with partner employers. Work-based learning intermediaries are critical partners in designing and implementing high-quality work-based learning at scale by carrying out key functions and providing regional infrastructure to the state’s work-based learning delivery system.

For more resources and information about work-based learning, visit the Hawai’i P-20 Work-Based Learning resource page

To learn more about work-based learning intermediaries and connect with one in your region, contact Ryan Shimabukuro ( or complete this form.

Who we are

Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi logo
Kapolei Chamber of Commerce logo
KUPU logo
Hawaiʻi Workforce Pipeline logo
Cultivate Hawaii logo
Kauai Economic Development Board logo

Support cross-sector partnerships

  • Convene education, industry, and other community partners around a vision for WBL in the region
  • Design, broker and aggregate opportunities for sequenced work-based learning
  • Prepare both students and employers for work-based learning placements
  • Analyze and share labor market data to inform programs and provide opportunities for students to learn, live, work and stay in their communities
  • Work with community-based organizations (CBOs) to facilitate student supports as needed
  • Support alignment of available WBL opportunities to HIDOE CTE standards
  • Co-design WBL assessment strategies with educator and industry partners, including aggregating data

Support K-12 and postsecondary institutions

  • Prepare students with the technical and employability skills needed to succeed in WBL
  • Ensure that WBL is fully integrated with classroom learning and pathways, including co-designing WBL activities
  • Support teachers in understanding or managing the process of implementing work-based learning activities (such as internships) and related requirements
  • Broker WBL opportunities for teachers and counselors, including externships 
  • Look across programs to promote equity and access in WBL for underrepresented students and underrepresented programs of study 
  • Provide outreach to industries that are not supported with class offerings in HIDOE/UHCC to create awareness of different industries available for students. 
  • Partner with HIDOE-OCID to provide training with educators, where necessary

Support industry partners and local workforce

  • Work with industry partners to structure WBL opportunities, including drafting job descriptions and designing programs
  • Prepare students and families for participation in WBL 
  • Manage logistics and find solutions to any legal or liability concerns, including safety aspects and Risk and Release responsibilities
  • Develop a WBL training that provides employers with guidance and resources to support WBL 
  • Intermediaries may also support coordination and costs of HIDOE background checks.

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