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Keep up-to-date with the latest L&D trends and research

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.

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

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The UK skills shortage is costing organisations £6.3 billion

The majority of organisations in the UK (91%) struggled to find workers with the right skills over the past 12 months, according to a new report commissioned by The Open University.

20th July 2018
The Open University Business Barometer 2018 Research Methodology

The Open University Business Barometer 2018, Research Methodology, prepared by Third City on behalf of The Open University

The Open University Business Barometer, which monitors the skills landscape of the UK, reveals that organisations in the UK are spending £6.3 billion a year as a result of the skills shortage.

9th July 2018
Business Barometer 2018 report

The Open University Business Barometer

The UK skills shortage has been well publicised in recent years, especially with regards to its effect on productivity and this year’s Business Barometer investigates the extent and nature of the skills shortage in the UK, and the effect it is having on organisations of all sizes.

21st June 2018
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Collab Group and The Open University Announce New Partnership

The Collab Group of Colleges today announces a new partnership with The Open University (OU), designed to provide UK industry with a seamless progression route from vocational training to degree level qualifications.

13th June 2018

Welcome your workforce to the new world of learning

Blurring the real and virtual world used to be a concept people were frightened of (the cult classic movie trilogy The Matrix even made people question what world we were in) but now it’s slowly becoming part and parcel of modern day life with gaming and the arts embracing the virtual reality (VR) immersive technology creates.

29th May 2018
Tackling the nursing shortage report cover

The Open University: Tackling the nursing shortage, May 2018

The well-publicised nursing shortage represents a significant issue for the health sector, both now and in the future.

4th May 2018
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The £1.5 billion nursing shortage bill

NHS trusts spend £1.46 billion a year on temporary staffing to plug the nursing gap - the equivalent of salaries for 66,000 newly qualified registered nurses.

3rd May 2018
Trends in learning 2018 report

Trends in Learning Report 2018

Our new Trends in Learning 2018 report is taken from The Open University’s innovating pedagogy research from our Institute of Educational Technology.

27th April 2018
The apprenticeship levy: one year on report cover

Apprenticeship accounts have £1.28 billion stockpiled, OU analysis reveals

More than £1.28 billion of the funding that has been paid into the apprenticeship levy is still sitting in National Apprenticeship Service accounts, new data analysis commissioned by The Open University has found.

9th April 2018

Should apprenticeships become agile?

The apprenticeship levy was introduced on 6th April 2017 to encourage employers to upskill their workforce in an attempt to improve UK productivity.

27th March 2018

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