The Work Based Learning Alliance was originally established over a decade ago, in January 2003, as a membership organisation and representative body of work based learning providers in Central London, funded by the Learning & Skills Council.
The London Work Based Learning Alliance (LWBLA) was established as the regional network in 2007 when the five sub-regional networks across London merged to form a unified representative body for training providers.
LWBLA is the network for training providers delivering government funded training provision. This includes Study Programme, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, and Job Centre Plus provision. In addition many of our members also offer commercially funded training tailored to meet the specific needs of employers.
Work based learning provision is vital to contributing to our country’s skills need, now and in the future and our members are key to delivering the national skills strategies. They deliver vocational and work based learning to young people and adults living and working in London as well as working with a range of employers from small to national commercial companies as well as public employers such as Local Authorities and the NHS.
You can find out more about our work and our members below as well as throughout the rest of our website.
Membership: Independent Training Providers and Colleges who deliver work based learning in London are eligible to become members of the LWBLA LWBLA works to provide a responsive service to members and to provide support for members’ continuing development and improvement. This includes: training and development, information and advice, networking opportunities and a strategic response to issues important to providers.
Partnership: LWBLA aims to act as a focus for partnership working within the sector and to bring different stakeholders together to discuss relevant issues and work towards a stronger and more flexible work based learning sector in London.
Representation: LWBLA is focused on promoting and influencing the work of members in delivering training and skills to people living and working in London. We work with a range of specialists and partners in areas of importance to members. These include 14-19 curriculum development and partnerships, engaging with employers, adult training, professional development, quality improvement, quality standards and fundraising.
Members are encouraged to become involved in and drive the work of LWBLA and to keep it relevant. There are a variety of ways in which members contribute from being ambassadors representing member’s interests, formulating policy, representative groups, attending events and workshops.
Policy response: LWBLA produces a regular e-bulletin to keep members and partners informed and up to date with the latest news and policy developments affecting delivery. LWBLA provides responses to areas of policy of interest to members.
The LWBLA Board: The board is elected annually. Members in each of the five sub-regional networks elect a Chair and vice-Chair, each of whom then becomes a Board Director of the LWBLA. In addition to the ten elected Directors and the Chair, the National Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is represented as an Observer on the Board. Find out about board members