Work-Based Learning, Theory and Practice: A Case Study of Scottish SME’S

John Struthers, Evelyn Boyd, Hazel Knox

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This paper begins with a discussion and analysis of the relevance of work-based learning to contemporary education and training needs. It then briefly outlines changes in attitudes and approaches to higher education and training in the UK over the past few decades and highlights the new 'learning partnership model' (LPM) as one that offers great potential for the effective development of a wide range of skills. In this context, the authors present a detailed analytical case study of a European-funded Adapt–University for Industry project that sought to identify training needs and to provide guidance and advice on work-based learning opportunities for a variety of Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Using Training Needs Analysis, the authors assess the difficulties as well as the opportunities inherent in such projects. The findings illustrate the heterogeneity of the SMEs' training and guidance requirements and highlight the importance of addressing the tension that exists between the different expectations of employers and employees in
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-178
Number of pages16
JournalIndustry and Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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