Work-based Learning – Revisiting Its Nature and Requirements

  • Nor Haniza Binti Mohamad Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan, Johor
  • Hariati Binti Hamdan Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan, Johor
  • Rut Douni Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan, Johor


Recently, the Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE) stipulated that all homegrown degree programmes and seventy –five percent of the diploma programmes should be using Work-based Learning (WBL) approach. Consequently, the need to understand WBL is paramount given that WBL approach is still in its infancy in Politeknik Malaysia system. Therefore, there is an urgency to share knowledge in WBL based on a particular field to close the gap in knowledge. The objectives of this paper are to understand the definitions of WBL; to understand the source of directives for WBL implementation; and to propose frameworks that support WBL implementation. This paper is written based on direct participation & observation of the authors who are directly involved in WBL in their professional capacity. Based on their experience, the authors find that WBL is highly doable in the presence of strong organizational framework and industrial support. It is a process in its infancy which needs continuous improvement to strengthen the programme. Consent and endorsement or a work process to enable collaboration and hierarchical power to conduct training will be useful. Fourthly, policy and guidelines should precede implementation to facilitate the process.
How to Cite
MOHAMAD, Nor Haniza Binti; HAMDAN, Hariati Binti; DOUNI, Rut. Work-based Learning – Revisiting Its Nature and Requirements. Politeknik & Kolej Komuniti Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, dec. 2016. ISSN 0128-2875. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 aug. 2019.