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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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Learn more about The Open University’s new Future Nurse programmes

The Open University ran a recent webinar which introduced The Open University’s new Future Nurse programmes, which start in Autumn 2020. The Open University has been providing nurse education for 17 years and is currently working in partnership with over 180 employers to develop the nurses of tomorrow.

24th December 2019

How The Open University’s English and maths provision opens doors to higher and degree apprenticeships

Find out how The Open University’s English and maths (functional skills) provision opens doors to higher and degree apprenticeships.

11th December 2019
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Working with Care UK to improve healthcare in justice

The Open University (OU) has partnered with Care UK to deliver the Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship to Health Care Support Workers (HCSWs) who are employed across more than 40 prison and young offender establishments where healthcare services are provided by Care UK’s Health in Justice division.

22nd October 2019
Making the most of the apprenticeship levy in England

Making the most of the apprenticeship levy in England: Understanding levy transfers

Apprenticeship levy transfers are a great way of making the most of the levy funding - for both the transferring employer, and the employer receiving the funds. 

After two years, funds are recouped by the Government on a monthly basis if the fund is not used or underspent by a levy-paying employer.

18th October 2019
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Delivering successful apprenticeship programmes for learners with disabilities

Laney Stemp is an excellent example of how employers and providers are able to work in partnership to deliver successful apprenticeship programmes for learners with disabilities. Laney works for Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which provides a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon, the wider South West region and nationally.

26th September 2019
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New report shows more to be done to attract and retain apprentices with declared disabilities

The Open University is calling on the UK Government to help businesses further attract and recruit more disabled apprentices through its apprenticeship programmes.

25th September 2019
Access to Apprenticeships report

Access to Apprenticeships

Access to Apprenticeships is a new report by The Open University (OU) which explores access to, and the availability of, apprenticeships for people with declared disabilities. It is based on the results of a major survey of over 700 large and small employers across England.

25th September 2019

Open University advises on the CBI’s influential future of the apprenticeship levy report

On Tuesday, 17 September, the CBI published an important report ‘Learning on the Job: Improving the Apprenticeship Levy’ with the aim of feeding into discussions to improve the delivery of the apprenticeship levy policy in England.

19th September 2019
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How Open University Practice Tutors support work-based learning in apprenticeships

Nick Boston is a Practice Tutor at The Open University supporting apprentices in the South of England on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. In his blog, Nick talks about what the role entails and how he is able to work with both the employer and the apprentice to ensure successful completion of work-based learning and support the programme as a whole.

21st August 2019

Employers turn to training as businesses struggle to recruit

More than two-thirds (68%) of UK employers have struggled to find skilled workers this year, with Brexit uncertainty making talent scarcer.

An annual report on the skills landscape of the UK, The Open University Business Barometer 2019, reveals that organisations spent £4.4 billion on temporary staff, recruitment fees and increased salaries in the past 12 months due to difficulties finding employees with the right qualifications and experience.

10th July 2019

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