workplace learning

Project-Based Learning

Employees work on real projects that provide an opportunity to apply newly acquired skills and knowledge.

Project-based learning is a method of learning where individuals work on a project to solve a real-world problem or achieve a specific goal. The method can be used by employees to acquire new skills and knowledge and to apply what they've learned in a practical, hands-on way. The projects can be within the employee's department or cross-functional and provide exposure to different aspects of the business.

  1. Identify a project: Choose a project that aligns with the employee's goals, interests, and career development plans. The project should be challenging and relevant to the employee's role, and it should require the application of new skills and knowledge.
  2. Define the scope and timeline: Establish clear objectives for the project and determine the steps and timeline for completing it. This will help the employee stay focused and on track.
  3. Gather resources: Identify the resources and support the employee will need to complete the project, such as training materials, access to technology, and support from colleagues.
  4. Work on the project: Encourage the employee to take ownership of the project and to work independently. Regular check-ins with a mentor or supervisor can help provide guidance and feedback as needed.
  5. Reflect on the process: After the project is completed, encourage the employee to reflect on the experience. What did they learn? What were the biggest challenges they faced? What would they do differently next time?
  6. Share the results: Share the results of the project with others in the organization to demonstrate the impact of the project and to highlight the employee's achievements.

Examples of project-based learning projects in the workplace could include:

  • Developing a new product or service
  • Improving a process or system
  • Conducting a market research study
  • Designing a marketing campaign
  • Creating a training program for new employees