The Employer Engagement Menu (EEM) provides a list of suggested Work-Based Learning activities arranged along a continuum. Employers can view the amount of time and staffing each activity may require. This resource can be used to help schools and industry collaborate to provide opportunities for students to prepare for their future careers.

View definitions of menu options

Continuum Level

This menu organizes opportunities by continuum levels.

  • Awareness level activities that help students learn about the wide range of options available to them;
  • Exploration level activities that strengthen student understanding of the connection between classroom learning and “real-world” applications;
  • Preparation level activities that give students extended, supervised opportunities to develop readiness skills for work and live; and
  • Training level activities that help students for entry into specific careers.

Time Commitment

This menu organizes opportunities by the general range of time each activity would ask of collaborators. Activities range in time commitment from hours to months.

Recommended Staffing

This menu organizes opportunities by the amount of people a collaborator may need to have available to help with an activity. Activities are arranged by none, few, some, and many.

Location

This menu organizes opportunities by recommended format(s). Opportunities can be sorted by school donation, on-campus, off-campus, and virtual formats.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

One-time volunteer opportunites that help students learn more about careers while contributing to the organization’s mission
(Projects may include connections to the Nā Hopena Aʻo framework and Hawaiian education)

Location:
On-campus, Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
2-8 HRS

MOCK INTERVIEWS

Conduct mock job interviews/performance reviews of students and provide feedback on their performance

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Some
Time Needed:
2-8 HRS

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR/EXPO

Host a booth to share advice on pursuing a career, skills and knowledge required, and career roles, responsibilities, and advancement options

Planning and coordination with the school/complex may take an extended period of time

Location:
Virtual, On-campus, Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
2-8 HRS

RESUME DEVELOPMENT

Provide students with an opportunity to develop and modify their resume based on feedback from business/industry

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
1-2 WEEKS

INDUSTRY MENTOR

Work with students to provide feedback on industry related projects/prototypes before their final presentations

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
2-4hrs/FEW WEEKS

CAREER COACH

Offer in-person and/or virtual support, guidance, and motivation to students as they explore careers and enter the world of work

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
1 HR/WEEK

JOB SHADOW

Provide an opportunity for students to observe, discuss, and participate in daily routines and activities of a particular job.

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
1+ WORK DAY(S)

INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATIONS 2-8 HR PREPARATION

Assist students in to prepare for industry recognized certification exams

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
2-8 HRS

SCHOOL-BASED ENTERPRISE

Help prepare students to transition from high school to work or post-secondary education by providing work experience, typically run by students on the school’s campus with industry mentors

Location:
On-campus
Staffing:
Some
Time Needed:

INTERNSHIP

Provide professional work experience aligned with a career pathway that applies classroom learn- ing and builds skills. Internships can be paid or unpaid and follow an approved structure.

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
60+ Hours / 6-8 Weeks

EMPLOYABILITY / FOCUSED INTERNSHIP

Provide on-the-job paid work experience along with career exploration & planning. May not be aligned directly with a student’s career pathway. Internship information can be used for planning.

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
60+ HRS

PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENT

Work with teachers to develop a scenario or industry-based problem for students to apply pathway content knowlege, skills, and strategies to design and present possible responses, solutions, and/or products.

Location:
Virtual, On-campus, Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
15+ HRS

SCC / ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Participate in a school- or city-level workforce development and education advisory group (1 person typically at management level or above)

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
2-40 HRS

EXTENDED SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS

Support students in designing and implementing projects at local businesses; government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Includes but not limited to project-based lessons, mālama ʻaina projects, community service projects, etc.

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
2-90 HRS

SCHOOL-INDUSTRY PROJECT

Assist teachers in designing a multidisciplinary learning activity. Potentially coach student teams and/or provide feedback on student work.

Location:
On-campus, Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
24+ HR

WORK EXPERIENCES

Provide employability skill training, for pay, in a work setting (Typically reserved for students with some prior work experience)

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
45+ HR

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP

Provide paid on-the-job training based on state youth apprenticeship curriculum guidelines. Please see the Apprenticeship Information page for a list of apprenticeship programs in the state and other resources.
HRS Chapter 372

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
450 HR

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

Provide an opportunity for students to participate in a supervised learning experience included as part of a training course in which students observe and perform tasks in a supervised, authentic setting. Students focus on observation, reflection, and understanding of practice connected to an academic course or program. Clinical experiences can lead to specific industry certifications.

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
4+ HR/WEEK

ON THE JOB TRAINING

Provide employee training and supervision as potential transition to ongoing employment. (Typically reserved for graduating seniors or post-secondary students)

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
4+ HR/WEEK

TEACHER EXTERNSHIP

Provide a job shadowing or similar work experience that will increase the teachers’ ability to bring workplace practices and policies (e.g. problem solving, practical applications of theory, team building, etc.) into the classroom.

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
4+/Day

INDUSTRY RESOURCE RICH CLASSROOM

Provide industry-recognized technical resources to schools to help students prepare for work-based learning experiences and/or industry-recognized certification exams

[Resource donation only. No personnel required.]

Location:
Donation
Staffing:
None
Time Needed:
>1 HR

AUDITION / PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Provide feedback to student performance or artistic portfolios

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
1-4 HRS

JUDGE / PANEL MEMBER

Judge student presentations or competitions and provide constructive feedback regarding student mastery of targeted competencies

Location:
Virtual, On-campus, Off-campus
Staffing:
Some
Time Needed:
2-8 HRS

SPECIAL CAMPUS EVENTS

Provide supports to the school for special events. (e.g. showcase, fairs, etc.) Schools may ask for assistance with volunteers, resources, networking, etc.

Location:
On-campus
Staffing:
Some
Time Needed:
2-4 HRS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Provide students with an opportunity to assist with the implementation of a corporate/charity event

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Some
Time Needed:
2-6 HRS

FAFSA

Assist families of students in completing FAFSA application forms

Location:
On-campus
Staffing:
Many
Time Needed:
1 - 2 HRS

INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW

Students conduct an interview of an industry professional in-person or virtually. Interviews can be conducted by an individual or group of students about a profession or specific topic related to the profession.

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
1 HR

WORKPLACE TOUR/FIELD EXPERIENCES

Host a school/classroom visit to the worksite. Students can speak to professionals to learn about educational requirements, skills, and opportunities available in the industry

Location:
Off-campus
Staffing:
Some
Time Needed:
2+ HR

CLASSROOM GUEST SPEAKER

Visit a school and share expertise and experiences with students and/or teacher in a classroom or larger group setting

Location:
Virtual, On-campus
Staffing:
Few
Time Needed:
0.5-1 HR

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