As the new year begins, the Georgia General Assembly will begin looking at legislation for the upcoming year. On the agenda this year is a piece of legislation being pushed by Rep. Eddie Lumsden, which would incentivize companies to create work-based learning programs in exchange for discounts on workers’ compensation premiums. The hope is that through the legislation, there will be more access to on-the-job experience for young people. These programs would see employers partnering with schools to create internships and other work experience situations to create career opportunities for young people before graduating from school, giving them a headstart in the professional world. Any participants in such work-based learning programs would, like any other employee, be covered by Georgia workers’ compensation insurance. Offering the discount in premiums is the trade-off for taking on additional liability. If injured on the job, participants in work-based programs would be able to gain compensation to cover the medical expenses and lost income caused by their injuries. Atlanta workers with questions regarding benefits and filing a claim should speak to a workers’ compensation attorney.
Benefits of Work-Based Learning ProgramsEmployers might appreciate the deduction in workers’ compensation premiums the legislation affords them, but there are plenty of other reasons for them to join in the partnership. Offering work-based education programs has a great number of benefits to employers, including:
- Decreases in training and recruitment costs;
- A larger pool of skilled and motivated potential employees;
- Better employee retention;
- Increased opportunities for development of current workforce;
- Project development opportunities;
- A voice in curriculum development; and
- Providing valuable community service.
- Developing a clear understanding of the connection between school and work;
- Exploring interests, aptitudes, and career possibilities while developing necessary skills to prepare for work;
- Improving future employment opportunities;
- Developing and practicing positive work-related habits and attitudes;
- Gaining a clearer understanding of workplace expectations;
- Taking part in real-world job tasks;
- Networking with professional contacts for future careers; and
- Obtaining an ability to learn from and observe workplace professionals.