This area of interest forms part of an ongoing focus, which is employing elements of action research and action learning, to further develop work based learning in Australia. Workplace learning is the learning that occurs [on a day to day basis] in, at and through the normal course of work. The extent of learning that occurs at work is contingent, and extensive research has been and is occurring into workplace learning. Work integrated learning is a particular type of workplace learning – it is learning that is part of a formal program of study that involves the worker (student), their workplace and a an education service provider (such as a training organisation or a university).
The learning guides represent some recent work undertaken on behalf of TAFE Queensland and provides an example of some of the broader services and products that can be managed through PCS Publications.
Work Integrated Learner Guide One – What is work integrated learning?, Work integrated learning and apprenticeships, designing opportunities for WIL, WIL case studies, facilitating relationships with employers, Contracts and procedures, arranging the WIL activity and capturing the experience.
Work Integrated Learner Guide Two – What is work integrated learning?, creating opportunities for WIL, revision of the principles of assessment, challenges and benefits of assessing WIL, types of assessment instruments, role of the assessor, employer and industry clientele, managing employer expectations, designing assessment to support WIL, checklist for the design of WIL assessment.
Work Integrated Learner Guide Three – Intensive training models, benefits of intensive training models, costing intensive and block training, challenges and issues of intensive training models, strategies in intensive training programs, tools for success, planning programs for intensive/block training and verification and evaluation of intensive training.
2015 Conference Papers – AVETRA 18th Annual Conference, Melbourne – Work based Learning: A flux for learners through the Australian Qualifications Framework