Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning (WBL) is the term for learning through placements or “live” projects provided by an organisation or client. A “live” project is one that meets a real need and is set by an external organisation. Organisations or clients include companies, government bodies, charities, community groups, entrepreneurs and university departments, other than a student’s “home” department.
WBL travel costs
If WBL is integral to your module you should be able to claim back the costs of any travel required to complete that placement or project. Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible before making any travel plans.
Some schools/departments may direct you to utilise the online travel expenses claims system. This system allows you to upload tickets/receipts and claim back any money you’ve spent on travel for integral WBL. The system is accessible via MyEssex and you will only be able to access it if you are studying an eligible module.
Please note: Although they contain integral WBL, paid Placement Years do not qualify for travel expense reimbursement. If you are completing an unpaid placement year you may be eligible for a travel bursary. You will have been emailed by the Placements Team if you are eligible, but if you are unsure whether this is applicable to you please contact the Placements Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
WBL travel expenses are not always fully reimbursed for practice placements (placements in Physiotherapy and throughout the School of Health & Social Care) and separate arrangements exist for these courses through NHS bursary schemes. For full details on eligibility for practice placement travel expenses please contact email@example.com.