Work based learning partnerships: a match made in Heaven?
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The objective of this paper is to identify the critical success factors for a Work Based Learning (WBL) partnership between a Higher Education (HE) provider and an employer and to make recommendations for successful WBL partnerships. A WBL partnership involves a programme of learning which is jointly developed and delivered by an employer and a HE provider. An increasing number of employers now recognise the importance of investing in their employees’ development and are turning to HE providers to deliver the appropriate learning. In order to ensure a successful WBL programme, it is extremely important that there is a good partnership between the HE provider and the employer. Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) has acquired significant experience in developing WBL partnerships with local and national employers. This paper reports on findings from a series of depth interviews with experienced WBL practitioners from both industry and HE. The findings from this research will contribute to the debate on how HE providers can engage in successful partnerships with industry to offer innovative WBL programmes.
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