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The Open University for employers

We work with organisations to understand their challenges and provide solutions to skills challenges through our vast array of learning and development programmes.

Unlock the potential of your workforce through our flexible online learning, shaped around your organisation's needs.

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Professional Learning & Development at The Open University

Are you looking to become an apprentice or looking for information for how your employer can help you to develop your own skills and knowledge? Read our guide.

Consistent training across your
organisation and fully supported
by the OU

Hundreds of courses,
qualifications and modules
to choose from

Flexible learning that
minimises disruption for the
learner and business


High quality work-based learning, delivered at scale and flexibly to suit your organisation's needs.

Undergraduate and postgraduate

We can provide progression pathways from non-accredited courses, through to certificate, diplomas, undergraduate degrees and Master's degrees.

Short courses and microcredentials

Microcredentials deliver cutting edge knowledge in short credit-bearing courses that allow employees to gain specialist knowledge to help advance careers.

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Why the OU?

Learn why more than 2,800 organisations across public, private and third sectors have chosen us to provide their staff development solutions. Our flexible approach will help meet your individual needs.

NEW WEBINAR - Watch now on demand

Creating a sustainable skills strategy to attract future talent, is now available to rewatch or catch up.

Insights and inspiration

Resources are designed to help you to develop your staff and keep informed of the latest L&D topics and trends.

Procuring OU services

We’re on a number of the most commonly used national Frameworks/Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), so that you can easily commission our services in line with your organisation’s procurement rules.

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Employers we have helped

The Open University has got a proven track record in delivering skills and knowledge to a business environment. The most heartening thing about this programme is to see the benefit it has on people – particularly those who didn’t think they’d go to university and get a degree. That’s life-changing.

Paul Milner, Senior Early Professionals Manager

Cornwall Council

A national shortage of social workers means that many local councils in the UK struggle to recruit enough social workers.


IBM wanted to make the most out of the apprenticeship levy and chose The Open University to deliver three of its degree apprenticeship programmes to upskill employees.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust has selected The Open University to help to develop its local nursing workforce.

Contact us

Get in touch to find out how we can help your business. For further information, contact us.