Oran Doherty is employed by the Irish Department of Education and Skills as the Regional Skills Manager for the North West of Ireland. This position involves supporting collaborations between industry and training & education providers. Prior to this, Oran was employed as the work based learning (WBL) Coordinator at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) engaging with local, national and international employers in the design and delivery of WBL programmes. His new position involves supporting a number of training and education providers (including LYIT) collaborate with industry. Oran is currently completing a professional doctorate in business administration (DBA) with Northumbria University. This research examines how WBL partnerships can be enhanced by a deeper understanding of organisational culture. Many of the findings from this study will inform this workshop. In recent years, Oran has delivered WBL workshops and presentations throughout Europe and has provided consultancy to employer representative bodies and universities considering WBL partnerships.