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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.

And we don’t just deliver knowledge.

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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The Future of Workers – implementing learning and development solutions

Work has been shifting from the traditional 9-5 office based model for a number of years, with the emergence of the gig economy, flexible work patterns and digital ways of working. Then Covid-19 and lockdown happened and huge swathes of the workforce migrated to working more flexibly, from home, almost overnight.

26th June 2020
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How investment in skills is inspiring confidence in business recovery

UK organisations anticipate that it will take 18 months to fully recover from the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social distancing measures, with small businesses leading the way back to “normal”.

25th June 2020
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Employer webinar: Enhancing your healthcare workforce

The Open University has proven expertise in delivering practice-based healthcare qualifications that boost workforce skills to the benefit of both employers and employees. We work with over 435 healthcare employers in the UK, developing career pathways for employees, building skills and enhancing talent pipelines.

23rd June 2020
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The Road to Zero - Lead the way in logistics and transport

As the logistics and transport industry is rising to the challenge of coronavirus with flexibility and resilience, it seems apt that the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport opted to move its annual conference online this year.

23rd June 2020

Reskilling for recovery: preparing business for the future

The Open University (OU) was delighted to take part in the CBI’s recent virtual roundtable discussion - ‘Reskilling for Recovery: Preparing Business for the Future’ - part of the CBI’s daily webinar series exploring the most pressing issues for business in light of coronavirus

8th June 2020
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Exploring routes into social work through flexible programmes

The Open University has been training practising social workers for over twenty years. 250 social workers qualify with the OU each year, a total of 6,400 social workers since 1997

19th May 2020
Trends in Learning report 2020

Trends in Learning 2020

Workplace learning is constantly evolving. That is why every year we track what’s new and what’s changing, identifying what we think are the most important and interesting developments. We share those developments with the business community in our annual workplace learning reports, which we have been producing since 2012. 

19th May 2020
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Webinar - Give your managers the skills to succeed

Forward-thinking employers – interested in developing their managers of the future – recently joined The Open University for a webinar about our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

18th May 2020
Work from home

Uncertainty driving surge in employees seeking out distance learning opportunities

Covid-19 is expected to significantly change the skills required for as many as 5 million job roles across the UK, driving a surge in employees seeking out distance learning opportunities, according to The Open University.

15th May 2020
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Providing pathways into social work with Cornwall Council

A national shortage of social workers means that many local councils in the UK struggle to recruit enough social workers. For Cornwall Council, the problem is exacerbated by geography and a lack of fast transport links. “Cornwall, in terms of geography, is particularly difficult to recruit to,” says Anne Smith, Head of Service for Safeguarding, Quality and Practice for Adults at Cornwall Council. “It’s quite impossible to travel into Cornwall from say Devon or Plymouth on a regular basis.”

15th May 2020

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Flexible Learning Hub

The Open University sponsors a TrainingZone hub to support Learning and Development practitioners in developing a successful flexible learning approach. It includes whitepapers, expert guidance, videos and interviews.

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