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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.

Business Barometer 2019 report

The Open University Business Barometer report is out now

The 2019 version of this annual report is out now. The Business Barometer is now in its third year and monitors the skills landscape of the UK.

27th June 2019
Phil Kenmore at the APPG

MPs and Peers hear from The Open University about success of nursing apprenticeships

The Open University’s Phil Kenmore, Head of Health and Social Care (Business Development) was recently invited to address the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships in Westminster.

25th June 2019
IBM apprentice

Open University partnership with IBM featured in new report

A partnership between The Open University and IBM features in the new State of the Relationship report by The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), launched today.

18th June 2019
The webinar team after the session

Employers discover more about nurse education – the ‘OU Way’

The Open University (OU) is used by over 180 NHS employers across the UK to provide opportunities for healthcare support workers to qualify as nurses.

The University’s recent report – Breaking Barriers to Nursing – called on higher education institutions and NHS employers to address barriers to the nursing profession and made a number of recommendations on how these barriers can be overcome.

11th June 2019
Trends in Learning report 2019

Trends in Learning report 2019

Each year we research and identify important and emerging trends that are having an impact on workplace learning. This year we have highlighted five trends that we think are shaping how and why we learn today and will continue to shape the future of learning.

10th June 2019
Bridging the Digital Divide report

Bridging the Digital Divide

With the pace of digital development rapidly accelerating, many organisations are currently considering how they can address digital skills shortages.

6th June 2019
Three nurses

Employer webinar: Developing the nursing workforce – the ‘OU Way’

The Open University (OU) has been delivering successful pre-registration nurse training since 2002. Our unique approach blends technology-enabled learning with local support from expert tutors, and is delivered in partnership with employers. An OU nursing degree is well suited to a wide variety of students who prefer a more flexible approach which enables study around family or other commitments and for those less able to move or travel to study.

20th May 2019
The Open University: Breaking Barriers to Nursing report

Breaking Barriers to Nursing

A new report by The Open University (OU) has identified the main barriers to the nursing profession, which are key factors contributing to the UK’s shortage of nurses.

15th May 2019
Group of nurses talking

Remove barriers to reduce nursing deficit by 13 per cent, say The Open University

The Open University is calling on higher education institutions (HEIs), NHS employers and the government to address barriers to the nursing profession, which are contributing to the UK’s chronic shortage of nurses.

15th May 2019
Diane Griffiths

How The Open University supports employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes

In this blog, Diane Griffiths talks about her role as an Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager at The Open University (OU). She explains how she provides support to employers to run successful OU higher and degree apprenticeship programmes.

14th May 2019

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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.

Visit the Hub

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