Development of Work-based Learning

learning environments often change yet clearly-defined learning outcomes are easily transferred

In this section of the WBL Toolkit, different tools and products are provided with a view to:

  • exemplifying curriculum and learning outcomes development;
  • confirming mechanisms for managing and delivering learning in the workplace;
  • promoting enhanced quality and standards among those involved in the development of learning programmes and courses.

Industry is evolving with many vocational sectors looking to work based learning to provide a solution to changing and evolving skills within a particular vocational sector, company or workplace.

Arguably one of the most important aspects of work based learning is that tied to the design and development of courses, programmes and curricula for delivery across different learning environments and with different learner cohorts.

In developing a programme of work based learning, the starting point for many is the definition of learning outcomes - statements confirming “what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process”. There is also a need to consider learning delivery, monitoring and assessment, aligning the latter with existing (national, European) frameworks and tools for learning recognition.

In terms of involved actors, programme development equally requires input from the targeted sector or industry and from those involved in the development and delivery of education and training.


Further Reading

Using Learning Outcomes: European Qualifications Framework Series – Note 4 (European Commission, 2011):

Download (pdf; 6,2 MB)


Case Examples

A Review of Case Study Findings form the WBLIC Project (2011-2013)

Download (pdf; 1,2 MB)