The Centre for Work Based Learning is a 'business to business' unit based at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is dedicated to bringing university education to the workplace.
It focuses on developing the workforce through applied and practical learning solutions which can be bespoke to the needs and specifications of the employer.
The Centre aims to develop partnerships with businesses to provide valuable university level learning to their employees. The learning can be delivered in the workplace and can be based on individual's work based practices, experiences and knowledge, so that the learning is applied directly at work for the benefit of the learner and the organisation.
The Centre can design and accredit the learning for individuals and advise on progression into Higher Education.
Using this approach to learning at a University level, the Centre aims to enhance individual performance in the work place to enable organisational development.
Some of our services include our Accreditation Service, Work Based Learning Foundation degrees, and Bespoke Short Courses and Work Based Learning programmes (including bite sized modules of HE credits)
Fiona Argent – CWBL Manager
Fiona has spent the last 22 years working within the training and education sector, working for work based learning providers and running her own training and development consultancy. Her first role in training was spent at the Garden Festival in Ebbw Vale in 1992 as the assistant training officer which incorporated accredited outcomes for all staff to meet the education agenda for the regeneration of the area. She then joined a work based learning provider and went on to qualify as an assessor and internal verifier for competence based qualifications. Fiona was responsible for the quality of provision for national apprenticeships and developed her skills as a classroom trainer and facilitator to become a freelance training and development consultant for 9 years developing and delivering bespoke training programmes for numerous client groups.
As a Fellow of the Charted Institute for Personnel and Development (FCIPD) she was selected to be a Human Resource Development adviser and became a SFEDI accredited business adviser on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for the workforce development programme, advising businesses of all sizes on their strategy for people development whilst helping them to access support funding. Fiona was also an accredited Investor in People adviser as part of this role. Working with Acorn learning and development for the last 5 and half years as the Head of Delivery Fiona was responsible for the design, development and delivery off all work based learning contracts and more significantly developing the collaborative partnership with Cardiff Met for the foundation degree in applied professional practice (Fda). Fiona has worked with the breadth of educational provision in Wales including 14-19 pathways; post compulsory education and training and more recently Higher Education. Fiona has also been a school governor for 10 years within a primary and a secondary school.
Fiona joined CWBL in November 2013, her research interests are around the impact of higher level work based learning on business performance. She can be contacted at:
029 2020 5511
Jen Evans – CWBL Project Coordinator
Jen has spent nearly 10 years in the training sector, starting her career at Jobcentre Plus in the training division, and moving on to Cardiff Met in 2008 to support the establishment of the Centre for Personal & Professional Development. Whilst coordinating the Centre, she co-managed the Cardiff Open Art School, administrated and taught on the Widening Access Summer School's and supported the development of a new suite of short courses offered at the university. In late 2011, she and Dr Peter Treadwell established the Centre for Work Based Learning at Cardiff Met, developing cutting edge solutions for businesses and individuals to develop their skills and knowledge.
Jen also runs her own photography business, Jen Evans Photography, and is often employed as a freelance Arts Project Manager and Tutor by community groups and social enterprises. Currently undertaking a PGC in Teaching in Higher Education, her research interests are in teaching practice and the development of teaching methods in non-traditional learning communities. She can be contacted at:
029 2020 1559