Work Based Learning

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Work-based learning (WBL) as a method for learning is playing an increasing role in professional development and lifelong learning. There are lots of publications/articles available on Work-Based Learning, but the definitions and implementations vary from place to place. A Glass, K Higgins and A McGregor say that ‘Work based learning is any training that relates directly to the requirements of the jobs on offer in your organization’. This is one of the examples of WBL in the form of training. Work-based Learning is used as a terms in USA, for programs for school children to obtain experience from work (“Work-based Learning Guide 2002”). According to (Kathleen A. Paris and Sarah A. Mason) it gives a chance to young people
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According to Arie De guess Head of planning Royal Dutch Shell “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only competitive advantage”.

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In the following section we will focus on Work Based Learning a part of organizational learning which helped organizations to gain competitive advantage.

Advancement of Organizational Learning
Many companies are very keen and ready to clinch Work Base Learning in an organization, not mainly because it provide you with lifelong learning, but also it is an important ingredient of what Senge (1990) has termed as the ‘learning organization’. A learning organization is a place in which the learning and flair of persons is backed and promoted so that the organization itself be able to form its future and it also very important to gain competitive advantage.
According to Eraut et al (1998), the expression ‘workplace learning’, is a mainly out of sight element of lifelong education and one which has not been accorded the distinction it deserves in strategy/policy credentials. Referring to their argument that the ‘formal learning’ at workplace (the main focus of UK) provides only a small part of what is learned at work. Most of the learning that takes place is not intended and is non-formal that results from the challenge of the work itself and from connections with people in the workplace. Attaining the goals of work needs new learning, that can be accomplished by a blend of thoughts,
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