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The Open University supports employers in Ireland through its work with organisations and the professional development of employees.

The Open University’s unique learning method is based on our experience of research insight into how adults learn and apply knowledge in the workplace. Our method of delivery allows a consistent learning experience wherever in the world your employees are based. By choosing to work with us, you reap the benefits of a local provider with the added value of our national scale and global reach.

For over 40 years, we have been breaking down the barriers between the workplace and higher education. The size and scale of our model means we can offer a broad range of higher skills to any employee – regardless of their starting point. Our unrivalled expertise in how adults learn enables us to embed new knowledge into workplaces while minimising workplace disruption.

How can we help your organisation?

The OU fits the needs of your organisation, from sponsorship of individual staff to enable their professional development through to tailored solutions for groups of staff to meet your business goals. Our accredited, scalable solution works whether you want to develop the skills of a single employee or 10,000 across multiple sites worldwide. Our approach includes the following solutions:

  • Early career development – a flexible model for growing your own graduates during employment. We also work with employers to solve any immediate skill gaps and develop your early talent pipeline.
  • Talent management – invest in the people you already know and develop the specific skills your organisation needs. We work with you to provide an accredited solution for your high performers to help you develop and retain the right talent.
  • Management development – our triple accredited Business School is in the top 1% worldwide. We provide solutions that help build leadership and management capability at all levels.

Key facts about the OU’s work with employers:

  • 80% of FTSE 100 companies sponsor their staff on OU courses.
  • The OU works with leading employers in the Republic of Ireland, including An Post, Pfizer, Medtronic, Hewlett Packard, Aer Lingus, Houses of the Oireachtas, Boston Scientific, Kingspan, Eircom and Kerry Group.
  • The Open University Business School is the largest in the world with AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditation and has currently over 23,000 OU MBA graduates active in 91 countries.

For more information please visit Employers at the OU.

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Jackie Baker
Head of Business Development
(Scotland and Ireland)
07879 680667