- 10 Aug 2010
Workplace learning assumes diverse forms, ranging from short periods of job-shadowing for school students to full apprenticeships. This chapter argues that the workplace has compelling attractions as a learning environment, a good place both to learn hard skills on modern equipment and soft skills by working with people in a real-world context; improving transition from school to work by allowing employers and potential employees to get to know one another; and allowing trainees to contribute useful work. The employer offer of workplace training also provides an important signal of employer need for that variety of skill.
But workplace learning also requires the commitment both of students and employers. This means adequate incentives for employers to offer training places, balanced by effective means of ensuring quality in the training they provide. Countries use many types of financial incentives to encourage workplace training, including direct subsidies, special tax breaks and arrangements to share the burden of training between groups of enterprises.