Ahead of undertaking some sizable WBL evaluation I wanted to cross check my own evakuation design with the HEA Work-Based learning Impact study. In doing this I have jotted ouut the key elements of this report for future reference.  

Reasons to engage in WBL

Learners Employers
Validate and formalise experience Develop knowledge, skills ad expertise (job specific and generic)
Career progression Retention
Increased knowledge and understanding Supplement and extend existing provision
Develop practical skills to perform better in new or future role  

Reasons for programme choice

Learners Employers
Flexible delivery Fits in to work schedule
Pace Opportunity to influence change in the work-place
Convenience of delivery in the workplace Minimum time away from work
Relevance Addresses day to day issues


Learners Employers
Confidence at work Clearer organisational direction
Confidence outside of work Development of standards, policies and contracts
Higher aspirations and motivation Improvements in quality
Raised personal status Increased innovation
More self aware learning to think and challenge assumptions  Improved performance of employees who require less direct support
A greater awareness of particular issues Positive attitudinal and behavioural change in line with the values of the organisation (capability expanding)
Developed new and enhanced existing skills External recognition and prestige
More likely to take stock of performance  
Wider perspective of workplace issues  
Better understanding of the workplace organisation  


Key professional benefits of WBL

  • Better performance
  • Taking on responsibility
  • Changed jobs or secured promotion
  • Secured salary increase
  • Left able to see other points of view
  • Positive workplace thinking
  • Relieved stress and increased contentment
  • Able to coach others
  • Professional recognition or membership

NB: Reflective approaches were cited as critical for realising benefits at work.

Bite size acknowledged as a catalyst for further study.