The QCA defines Work-Related learning as 'planned activities that use the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work, including learning through the experience of work, learning about work and working practices, and learning the skills for work.' (Quality and Curriculum Authority, 2003) This definition is a useful starting point, but does not go far enough to be sufficient for an employability curriculum in Higher Education.
Work-related learning is defined as, 'learning outcomes achieved through activities which are based on, or derive from, the context of work or the workplace'. It is more inclusive than other terms such as work-relevant learning, work experience and work-based learning.
Within this concept, it embraces a wider range of teaching activities and they are not restricted to the workplace, as illustrated below. It also provides greater opportunities for students to develop awareness of the world of work.
(Adapted from the Real World Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne)