About us

We are a national organisation driving cultural change and creating demand for work-based learning in Scotland.

What we do

Work-based learning is important to help our businesses succeed, to bridge the gap between education and industry, and to prepare our young people for work. Working with education and industry, we will identify and evidence good practice and design and develop new approaches in work-based learning.  

The Centre was founded by Skills Development Scotland and will work in partnership, to influence policy, practice and perception of work-based learning. The Centre will align its work with the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) and lead on policy and research advice to the SAAB.   




Developing policies based on insight

Underpin policy development on work-based learning, by conducting and disseminating high quality, policy relevant research to influence the learning system.



Practising proven methods

Enhance practice by developing best practice in Scotland and drawing on lessons from international experience.



Driving cultural change

Change perceptions by promoting the reputation and esteem of work-based learning, through advocacy and broad engagement across Scotland.

"The Centre will help to bring about a quiet revolution in the way skills are developed through a work-based learning system that delivers for the people and businesses of Scotland."

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive, Skills Development Scotland

Projects Our work

Take a look inside some of our projects


News & Events What's going on?

Check out the latest news, events and blog posts

News & Events

"What we must ensure in our approach to work-based learning is that we put quality at its core. For it to be effective and achieve increased esteem, the experience and outcomes for the student and employer must be central to its delivery"

Professor Richard A. Williams OBE, Principal, Heriot-Watt University

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