What is Work Based Learning?

The WBL placement forms part of students’ degree courses and encourages the application of academic knowledge in the workplace whilst enhancing personal and professional skills.

All students attend a university-based induction programme which is designed to prepare them for both placement and assessment.  It helps to increase awareness of the sort of skills and abilities that employers are increasingly looking for in their employees including communication and teamwork.

Through the completion of a Placement Objectives Document (POD), students are encouraged to work with their placement organisations to outline the structure and outcomes of the placement.  This in turn will lay the foundations for their reflections on achievements and skills development required for the assessment.

Placements do not have to relate to the students’ current programme of study but do need to run for at least 150 hours over the 5-week period over May and June

Our placement providers report that some of the benefits include:

  •  An extra pair of hands at no extra cost.
  • Student can dedicate their time to a project or area of work.
  • Obtain fresh ideas and perspectives to working practices and challenges.
  • Assess, develop and recruit potential new members of staff.
  • Mentoring opportunities and staff development for your colleagues.