Work-based learning

Definition 1: Acquisition of knowledge and skills through carrying out – and reflecting on – tasks in a vocational context, either at the workplace (such as alterance training) or in a VET institution.

Source: Cedefop.

Source: Glossary- Quality in Education and Training. CEDEFOP Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2011


Definition 2: programs for both secondary and post-secondary students which provide opportunities to achieve employment-related competencies in the workplace. Work-based learning is often undertaken in conjunction with classroom or related learning and may take the form of work placements, work experience, workplace mentoring, instruction in general workplace competencies and broad instruction in all aspects of industry.

Source: Naidu, R. VET Glossary, NCVER, 2008 (Rev 2011)