Work-based learning: what is it?

Work-based learning (WBL)  has been defined by Kettle as, linking learning to the work role, but this does not only mean preparing for a specific job. Three strands have been identified: learning for work, learning at work, and learning through work'. 

Why is work-based learning  important?

Work-based learning in the curriculum and co-curriculum is important for three main reasons:

  1. Employability: Students are keen to gain relevant work experience or networking opportunities
  2. Reputational: Applicants are keen to know how well connected an institution or course is with industry. Are they going to meet with employers during their course and will there be opportunities to access work based learning or internships?
  3. Relevance and excellence in learning and teaching practice: The QAA through the Enhancement Themes has a commitment to encouraging industry and education collaboration.

How to get started with work based learning in the curriculum

  How to get started with work based learning in the curriculum

We have produced a guide to provide more information on work based learning. This provides a practical approach to setting up work based learning in the curriculum, together with useful links, resources and templates. For further support contact Lesley Grayburn or Pam Crawford.

Forms of work related learning activities in Higher Education

A student's perspective on the benefits of work-based learning

© University of Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK • Telephone +44 1786 473171 • Scottish Charity No SC011159
Portal Logon