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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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Laura Overton and whitepaper front cover

New whitepaper - Driving business value through flexible learning

The Open University, in collaboration with TrainingZone, has launched a report to help employers reap the benefits of flexible learning.

29th April 2020
Roundtable

OpenLearn – free learning for work

Earlier this year, The Open University (OU) convened a panel discussion on free learning for work. 

6th April 2020
Two apprentices studying

Pioneering a new route into social work

There are many reasons why City of York Council decided to partner with The Open University to run its new Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship. One of them, according to Lesley Furnival, Practice Consultant in Children’s Social Care at the council, is that the apprenticeship has created a great learning and career path.

13th March 2020
Discussion at DXC Technology offices

Growing Scotland's digital talent of the future

In 2018, a senior manager at DXC Technology approached the Open University regarding Graduate Apprenticeships with a view to undertaking a programme himself. After looking into it, his manager – a Director of Services - was so impressed by what was on offer that he also joined the first cohort of the Master’s Graduate Apprenticeship in cyber security.

28th February 2020
Dr Mercia Spare

Inspiring the nurses of the future

Dr Mercia Spare has an inspiring career story to tell. Having left school with one CSE and college without any A-levels, she started her working life in a series of low paid industry jobs. Those jobs were okay but she knew that she wanted more from work. She wanted a job where she was caring for people, where she was making people’s lives better. She knew she wanted to be a nurse. “Nursing was my pathway,” she says.

27th February 2020
Apprentice nurse

Flexibility and innovation – a nursing partnership that opens doors

The Open University (OU) is working with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) to develop the local nursing workforce. Through the OU’s Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship and Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship, the Trust is able to grow its own talent with its new, innovative Nursing Academy. This allows apprentices to earn while they learn and study towards registered nursing roles.

17th February 2020
Panel discussion members

Employer webinar: The impact of apprenticeships in the workplace

The Open University recently brought together a panel of experts to discuss the impact of apprenticeships in the workplace in advance of National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

5th February 2020
Group of digital professionals

Digitally savvy boards powering growth

Digital transformation needs to be led from the top, with senior leaders and C-suite professionals proactively developing the skills they need to lead in the digital age. 

The advice comes from The Open University’s Leading in a Digital Age report, which points towards a correlation between business performance and leaders equipped to manage digital change. 

3rd February 2020
Leading in a Digital Age report

Leading in a Digital Age

The Open University’s ‘Leading in a Digital Age’  report has found a clear link between business performance and leaders who are equipped to manage digital change.

Based on a survey of 950 CTOs and senior leaders within UK organisations, the report found that 88% of leaders who had received digital training in the past year went on to report organisational growth, compared with just 49% who had not received any training.

31st January 2020
The Capgemini team

The Open University trains cyber security team in Inverness

The Open University is delivering a Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security to eight Capgemini employees in Inverness. The Graduate Apprenticeship has been designed so that employees who have already completed a relevant MA will be fast-tracked through the programme.

10th January 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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