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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

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Apprenticeships

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

Explore a subject without the time commitment with a short course from The Open University.

Microcredentials

These courses are designed to help you build in-demand skills and knowledge to help you get ahead.


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.


Employer webinar: How to beat the skills shortage

The Open University hosted a webinar which discussed the UK’s skills landscape, in the context of the findings of the 2022 Business Barometer report.

Knowledge Hub


Knowledge Hub

Browse our latest learning and development resources and keep informed of the latest news 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, IBM

Cornwall Council

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

IBM

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.