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From funding and training to advice and best practice, our Apprenticeships Blog houses a whole host of information on the subject – including the Government’s upcoming apprenticeship levy.

We’ll frequently be updating the articles, expert opinions, and facts and figures here on our Apprenticeships Blog, so do check in regularly to learn more on how best to make the scheme work for you.

And we don’t just deliver knowledge.

We also offer renowned higher and degree apprenticeship packages to help improve your organisation’s productivity and performance.

Apprentice social workers

The Open University launches Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

The Open University has launched its Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship, supporting more people into higher education and providing a new, flexible route into becoming a social worker.

With 25 years experience of delivering work-based training in social work, The Open University recently completed a year long study into improving retention and diversity in the sector – ‘Social Work for Everyone’ – funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (now Office for Students).

11th March 2019
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National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration

As National Apprenticeship Week 2019 comes to an end, The Open University looks back on a special few days in which we celebrated how we have “blazed a trail” with our employer partnerships.

8th March 2019
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Webinar - Blaze a trail by investing in apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly important way of employers addressing their skills gaps by attracting new talent and developing the skills of existing employees. In our webinar on Thursday 7th March, you can find out how higher and degree apprenticeships can play a vital role in your learning and development strategy by increasing employee retention, engagement and productivity, to future-proof your organisation’s success.

19th February 2019
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£3 billion in apprenticeship levy funding remains unused

More than £3 billion in apprenticeship levy funding in England remains untouched, as organisations use only 14 per cent of available funding. 

The data, secured by The Open University through a Freedom of Information Act request1, reveals that employers have earned back just £480 million of the total funding available since May 2017. So far, only one in five (19%) levy-paying employers have made apprenticeship commitments, with many reporting some kind of frustration with the scheme. 

4th February 2019
David Willett

Q&A with David Willett in Diversity & Inclusion - a report appearing in The Times

This Q&A appeared as an advertorial in Diversity and Inclusion - a special report in The Times. David Willett is the Commercial Director at The Open University.

30th January 2019
Phil Ridley

Putting new management skills into practice

Phil Ridley works for Travis Perkins, a builders’ merchants which has been supplying the UK’s building and construction markets for more than 200 years. The Open University is working closely with Travis Perkins to deliver high quality apprenticeships to help employees such as Phil gain new skills to benefit businesses and address skills gaps. We asked him to tell us a bit more about the programme.

21st January 2019
Mary Fox

Gaining new confidence in management

Mary Fox is works in The Open University’s Business Development Unit and is developing her career through the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme. Mary told us more about her experiences of the apprenticeship and how she is already bringing new skills and confidence to the workplace.

17th January 2019
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Vice-Chancellor praises OU staff for our new 98% employer satisfaction rating

The Open University (OU) has received a 98% employer satisfaction rating in the Department for Education’s ‘FE Choices’ Employer Satisfaction Survey, an England-wide survey to measure employers’ satisfaction with DfE-funded training providers.

7th December 2018
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Why non-medical prescribing is important to developing the NHS future plan

Guest blogger Richard Lowe, Postgraduate Professional Development Lead for the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University, discusses why non-medical prescribing is essential for evolving the UK’s health sector.

6th December 2018
Taking the right path to invest in an apprenticeship programme

Taking the right path to invest in an apprenticeship programme

Investing in a higher or degree apprenticeship can help to overcome an organisation’s skills shortages whilst increasing employee morale, retention and attraction.

24th October 2018

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