Work-based Learning FrameworkIn some organisations there are significant numbers of staff who have few formal qualifications but who are qualified to do their jobs through the experience they have acquired and the competence they demonstrate in the workplace on an ongoing basis.
The Work-based Learning Framework (WBLF) is designed to enable employers, and sectors, to offer their workforce highly relevant professional development programmes designed to fit their specific needs - in terms of areas of upskilling, content, length and mode of programme delivery. WBLF includes Awards which can be customised to the learners’ requirements and is designed to be flexible and accessible.
Notable features of the WBLF:
- The programme is negotiable, so it can be as short as one module or include larger awards such as a degree or post-graduate study
- The programme structure is agreed between the University, the organisation and the individual.
- Modules can be subject-specific, or from a range of modules designed specifically for the work environment, or a mix of both
- Work experience can often be recognised and incorporated into the programme via APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)
- Study can take place entirely at work, at home, or combining with attendance on campus.