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A guide to sponsoring employees on Open University courses

Employees looking to develop new skills to help their careers can be sponsored by employers on higher education courses through The Open University (OU).

The OU has over 200 modules and 400 qualifications to choose from, giving organisations a vast choice of flexible, high-quality options to upskill and reskill new and existing staff.

Choosing the right pathway

The Open University has a range of qualifications to choose from, including certificates, diplomas, foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate degrees.  Although these qualifications are valuable in their own right, they can also work as stepping stones. Employees with a certificate can continue on to a diploma, a degree and then onto postgraduate study – all aligned with their career goals and the needs of the organisation. In certain circumstances, employees can also transfer credits from previous higher education study.

One popular option is our Open Degree that allows employees to build a qualification that is unique to their professional requirements. 

Find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Open University apprenticeships

The OU can help employers decide if an apprenticeship is the best option for employees. The OU can guide the employer through apprenticeship funding options and the OU programmes available in EnglandScotland and Wales.

How The Open University can help you

The Open University works with over 2,400 employers to help them find the right learning and development solutions. Our account management team has vast experience of working with organisations of different sizes and a wide range of sectors to find flexible learning that drives business success.

Set up a meeting or telephone call 

As an employer, you can call the OU account management team on +44 (0) 300 303 0122, fill in a contact form, or email business@open.ac.uk and be taken through the different options for learners

If you already know which courses you would like to begin your employees on, the OU team will need to know:

  • How many employees are to be enrolled
  • The courses they would like to study
  • Which start date works best for the organisation
  • Employer telephone number

The team will help and advise every step of the way and the corporate team will then begin the process of enrolling the employee on the modules.

Find out more about funding the learner.