This Concept Note discusses the relationship between lifelong guidance and work-based learning. While these are distinct activities, they are often advanced as approaches to answering similar broad policy challenges, such as developing a skilled and socially inclusive population, ensuring engagement with education and work, and helping people to progress and live happy and useful lives. This paper argues that lifelong guidance can be particularly useful in relation to work-based learning in three main ways:
• Engagement. Increasing citizens’ understand- ing of work-based learning, the routes into it and the rewards of participation.
• Achievement. Helping participants (learners, employers and learning providers) in work- based learning to remain engaged and consider how best to enhance their skills and employ- ability.
• Transition. Assisting the effective utilisation of the skills developed within work-based learn- ing by supporting individuals in transitions from work-based learning programmes to sus- tainable employment.