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Keep up-to-date with the latest L&D trends and research

From funding and training to advice and best practice, our Latest Trends Blog houses a whole host of information to support you with learning and development at your organisation. 

We’ll frequently be updating the articles, expert opinions, and facts and figures here, so do check in regularly to learn more and keep abreast of the latest news.

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We also offer renowned higher and degree apprenticeship packages to help improve your organisation’s productivity and performance, as well as a range of degrees, modules and short courses.

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Time for change - Apprenticeships for all

The Open University's Apprenticeships Ambassador, Laura Burley, reports back on her contribution to a recent webinar hosted by Amazing Apprenticeships.

17th November 2020
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Apprenticeships to be the focus of webinar uniting colleges and universities in North Wales

Bangor and Wrexham Glyndwr universities, Coleg Cambria, Grwp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University (OU) have joined forces to promote fully funded apprenticeships.

16th November 2020
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How shared values are helping the NHS develop diverse management talent

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is constantly looking to develop the skills, knowledge and diversity of its workforce.

9th November 2020
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Annual report shows surge in free online learning

The latest OpenLearn annual report has been published. It shows that interest in the free learning site has soared to unprecedented levels, with global visitors surpassing the 80 million mark since its launch in 2006. OpenLearn, which is an integral part of The Open University (OU), offers bite-sized learning across a broad range of topics.

6th November 2020
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The Open University’s economic and social impact totals almost £3bn to UK plc.

New figures place the total yearly economic impact associated with The Open University’s (OU) activities across the UK economy at £2.77bn – a figure which covers teaching and learning, research, exports and direct, indirect and induced impacts.

6th November 2020
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Developing digital skills in Wales

There is a shortage of IT professionals with leading edge technical skills in Wales and across the rest of the UK. A Welsh housing association is boosting internal digital skills and growing its own talent through The Open University’s (OU) Degree Apprenticeship in Applied Software Engineering.

28th October 2020
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Celebrating further education: a vital partner in the post-COVID rebuild

This week is Love Our Colleges Week. At The Open University, we recognise and greatly respect the crucial contribution that Further Education makes to individuals, communities, employers and the economy.

21st October 2020
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OU shortlisted for UK Social Mobility Awards 2020

The Open University (OU) are delighted to have been shortlisted in the UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMO) 2020.

8th October 2020
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Employer webinar: Embracing a changing skills landscape

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a skills paradox for employers. Whilst 63% have ceased filling vacant roles due to the pandemic, 56% of organisations continue to experience skills shortages.

22nd September 2020
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How Government funding makes nursing apprenticeships even more attractive to employers

The NHS and other healthcare providers in England are set to benefit from a boost to nursing apprenticeships thanks to new funding from Health Education England.  As part of the Government’s pledge to deliver 50,000 new nurses by the end of their current term, a £172m fund has been made available to encourage the uptake of Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships (RNDA).

17th September 2020

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