Southampton Education School

Research Group: Work-related and Workplace Learning

In the UK and internationally, there has been a stream of programmes, policies initiatives and skills strategies designed to foster lifelong learning and to produce a more highly skilled population.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

In recent years, the focus in the UK has expanded to include the identification and mapping in policy, funding and curricular terms of work-related learning for the 14-19 year old age group as well as for older adults. There has been growing interest amongst all the main political parties in vocational education and qualifications, apprenticeship, work-based higher education, pre-employment training for those not in paid employment, workplace learning and ‘employability issues’. Recent research has pointed to the importance of improving understandings of the workplace as a learning environment and in identifying the types of learning opportunities it creates and for whom. We are highly involved in the analysis of and research into these important areas of research and policy, and to identifying the implications for workplace learners, teachers, trainers and employers.

Projects hosted wholly or partially in the University of Southampton are listed under the Research Projects tab. Other projects have included:

Learning as Work: teaching and learning processes in the contemporary work organisation (commissioned by the ESRC,

Pre-employment Training in city regions (commissioned by the ESRC as part of the LLAKES research centre,

This research area comes under the Lifelong and Work-Related Learning Research Centre (LaWRL).


Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Jones, Peter (2010) Regulatory regionalism and education: the eu in central asia. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 8, (1), 59-85. (doi:10.1080/14767720903574082).
Fuller, Alison and Unwin, Lorna (2009) Change and Continuity in Apprenticeship: the resilience of a model of learning. Journal of Education and Work, 22, (5), 405-416. (doi:10.1080/13639080903454043).


Felstead, Alan, Fuller, Alison, Jewson, Nick and Unwin, Lorna (2009) Improving working as learning, London, UK, Routledge, 231pp.

Book Section

Fuller, Alison and Unwin, Lorna (2010) Workplace learning and the organization. In, Malloch, Margaret, Cairns, Les, Evans, Karen and O'Connor, Bridget N. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning. London, UK, SAGE.


Fuller, Alison, Unwin, Lorna, Guile, David and Rizvi, Sadaf (2010) Economic regeneration, social cohesion, and the welfare-to-work industry: innovation, opportunity and compliance in the city-region. London, GB, Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, 47pp. (LLAKES Research Paper, 7).