Work-based learning

Work-based learning is founded on the principle of “learning by doing”. It is a series of educational courses which integrate the school or university curriculum with the workplace to create a different learning paradigm.

Work-based learning strategies include the following:

  • Apprenticeship or internship involving the student working for an employer where he or she is taught and supervised by an experienced employee of the chosen organisation;

  • Job Shadowing introducing the student to a particular job or career by pairing the student with an employee of the workplace;

  • Field trips offering the students an insight in the latest technical advancements and business strategies of an enterprise;

  • Entrepreneurial experience including setting up of specific business, right from the planning, organising and managing stage to the risk control and management aspects of a business;

  • Cooperative education in which the work experience is planned in conjunction with the technical classroom instruction;

  • School-based enterprise as a simulated or actual business run by the school.

The advantage of teaching through workshops made in cooperation with companies is useful to allow students to make prototypes, practically test the design assumptions and combine manual experimentation with the most advanced modelling technologies.

Mix and match with workshops, field trips, learning through research and self-directed learning