My research is looking at Work-based Learning Environments (WBLE), exploring the languages and frameworks practiced by industry. An important focus will be on current provision and how WBLEs can be transformed to maximise economic benefits for individuals, firms, and society. The research will use a mixed methods approach, incorporating a wide-ranging industry survey and extended case studies. I hope to build a set of tools that will inform decision makers on how to foster productive WBLEs. Specific areas of interest include the impact of Industry 4.0, business maturity and communities of practice.