What is Work Based Learning?
Work-based Learning - a focus on Innovation
Work-based Learning - a focus on Intrapreneurship
Pioneering Pedagogies for Work-Based Learning to Promote Age Friendly Innovation
Case Studies – Innovation, Intrapreneurship and Work Based Learning in Practice
- An Tain Arts Centre Ireland – Silver Screen Initiative
- Malone Dance Academy, Ireland – Silver Swans Ballet
- NetwellCASALA, Ireland
- Ignite IT, Lisburn, Northern Ireland www.ignite.it
- Ethel Care, Lisburn, Nothern Ireland www.ethelcare.co.uk
- University of Jaén, Spain www.ujaen.es
- FAECTA, Spain www.faecta.coop
- LiCalab, Belgium www.licalab.be/en
- Project Memo, Poland
- poMOST, Poland
- Leitrim Physiotherapy, Ireland
- Project ACORN, Ireland
Introduction to Work Based Learning
Work-based learning refers to all forms of learning that takes place in a real work environment. It provides individuals with the skills needed to successfully obtain and keep jobs and progress in their professional development.
Work-based learning yields many benefits:-
- It enables agile workforces – “Agile” is more than a buzzword; it’s a movement taking hold as enterprises of all types around the world realign in order to respond rapidly to change and opportunity
- It creates a culture of learning and a free-flowing exchange of knowledge and ideas
- It is highly adaptable, it is everything from an informal micro-learning session to formal apprenticeships
- It encourages the easy sharing and updating of employee knowledge for rapid training and retraining
- It enables employees to show what they know, with the side benefit of making them feel more important and valuable to the SME.
SMEs are constantly pressured to be more innovative, efficient and productive. We contend that work-based learning can be a powerful response to that pressure. For SMEs, increasing competencies of their employees through innovative Work Based Learning and immersion in the key areas of entrepreneurial, innovation and digital skills has a clear return on investment – it enables them to innovate new responsive products and services demanded by older people.
Today’s employees’ value professional development. More and more businesses are finding value in providing their employees with professional development and lifelong learning courses.
There are two types of work-based learning – that which happens on the job and that which occurs off the job.
|COMPARISON||ON-THE-JOB TRAINING||OFF-THE-JOB TRAINING|
|Meaning||On the job training refers to a form of training which is provided at the work place during the performance of the actual job.||When the employees are given training outside the actual work location, such a type of training is termed as off the job training.|
|Location||At the workplace||Away from the workplace|
|Principle||Learning by performing||Learning by acquiring knowledge|
|Work disruption||No, because trainees produce the products during learning.||Yes, because first training is provided which is followed by a performance.|
|Carried out by||Experienced employees||Professionals or experts.|
In the next sections, we will look at each of these in detail.