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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

Watch our employer webinar: Unleashing L&D's remarkable capacity to boost wellbeingWatch our employer webinar: Unleashing L&D's remarkable capacity to boost wellbeing


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.


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.

Webinar: How skills can unlock an inclusive digital future

The Open University gathered together some of the UK’s leading voices in digital inclusion to discuss how organisations can equip themselves with the skills and mindset needed to succeed.

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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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Looking to employ OU talent?

Partner with us to advertise your roles and get access to the most diverse and geographically spread undergraduate talent pool in the UK.

Employers we have helped

The Open University learning model works for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. It has blended learning. It is extremely flexible. Being an island, not everybody can travel, so to be able to stay on the island and learn and train is great and that's why the model from The Open University works for us.

James Barclay
Learning and Development Officer, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Cornwall Council

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


Discover how this insurance sector software company is building an IT talent pipeline through apprenticeships.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Learn how the Isle of Wight NHS Trust changed their recruitment strategy in partnership with the OU to grow their nursing workforce.

Contact us

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