Workplaces provide opportunities for learning in many ways. Investing in learning opportunities is profitable for the workplace and improves the appeal of businesses and workplaces.
A workplace with a positive learning environment attracts skilled employees and students willing to learn and commit. An important task of the supervisor is to create conditions for learning.
A workplace can be an enabling or limiting learning environment. An enabling environment provides more opportunities for developing wider and deeper vocational competence. Factors enabling learning include the extent of work tasks, the opportunities for participation in the work community and the role of the learner in the work community.
In an enabling learning environment, the time and resources to be used for instruction are ensured, and instruction is respected. The learner has become an equal member of the work community, and the dialogue between the workplace and the educational institute works.