Apprenticeship & WBL for Intermediaries Sections About Resources Examples Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email About What Is a Work-Based Learning Intermediary?A work-based learning intermediary is an organization—or a collaboration of several organizations—that coordinates across stakeholders for effective and efficient design and implementation of work-based learning programs.Intermediaries are often industry associations, joint labor-management organizations, community colleges, workforce boards, chambers of commerce, or community-based organizations.How Intermediaries Support Work-Based LearningIntermediaries convene key stakeholders, such as industry partners, educational institutions, labor unions, and community-based organizations, to broker relationships and arrange for the provision of services. They conduct outreach to industry, aggregate employer demand for work-based learning, and broker placements for work-based learning participants.Intermediaries may also support the implementation of work-based learning programs by, for example, helping employers write job descriptions, offering guidance to the employees who will supervise work-based learning participants, and working with educational institutions to help them prepare students for work-based learning experiences. Intermediaries also research, document, and advocate for best practices, and they can build public and political support for apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs.Finally, they serve as the administrative leaders of programs to reduce the workload for other partners. In the case of Registered Apprenticeships, playing the lead administrative role can mean serving as the program sponsor or as an expert partner that can assist with the state or federal registration process. Visit JFF's Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning Visit the Centerright Resources WBL Resources for Intermediaries Tool Registered Apprenticeship Roles and Responsibilities: Intermediaries and Sponsors This tool helps organizations decide whether they should serve as an intermediary or sponsor and identify the skills and resources they will need to successfully implement the role that they decide to play. Webinar Recording The Role of Apprenticeship Intermediaries This webinar explored and highlighted the growing role of apprenticeship intermediaries. It featured national experts who have operated successful intermediaries and helped grow apprenticeship across the nation. Post Seven Ways Intermediaries Help Develop Apprenticeship Programs Apprenticeship—a paid, credentialed, work-based learning approach that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction—is gaining momentum in technical fields across the US. Post JFF WBL Bookshelf: Intermediaries Our favorite resources on work-based learning for intermediaries from across the field. Examples Examples of WBL Intermediaries Case Study/Profile KDP Enhances Apprenticeship Opportunities With Group Sponsorship, Mentoring This profile highlights how KDP, a Pennsylvania intermediary, uses mentorship and group sponsorship to strengthen and develop the IMT. Case Study/Profile Workforce Development Institute: Teamwork Makes the IMT Dream Work This profile highlights how WDI, a Michigan intermediary, expands the IMT apprenticeship program through building and maintaining close relationships with employers.