The development and assessment of skills within and directly related to the workplace. Many learners have been able to gain work‐related qualifications in the form of National Vocational Qualifications, which recognize the competencies gained in the workplace. Traditionally, further education colleges have provided employers with the support and underpinning knowledge and assessment for WBL, but it can be facilitated through part‐time study at non‐workplace locations, such as schools, further education colleges, and training providers, or through full‐time learning within the work setting.
Modes of WBL are numerous: Increased Flexibility, which funds partnerships between further education colleges, schools, and providers of work‐based learning, and Young Apprenticeship programmes both offer a taste of WBL within the school curriculum at Key Stage 4; Entry to Employment supports and prepares young learners who are not yet ready to undertake a Young Apprenticeship scheme. Foundation degrees were launched by the UK government in 2000 to meet the needs of employers, especially in developing the higher levels of technical skill required to enable the workforce to satisfy regional, national, and global demands. The foundation degree programme also allows for progression to an honours degree, linking work‐based with more traditional higher education. These degrees are designed to be delivered in a flexible manner using learning in the workplace supported by a further education college or university, and with the use of e‐learning.