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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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Employer partnerships in focus during 50th birthday celebrations

As The Open University turns 50 today, we are celebrating the partnerships we have with businesses, organisations and educational institutions around the world. We invite you to join in the celebrations by using the hashtag #OU50.

18th April 2019
Ann Flynn, Angela Gill, Kate Fawcett

Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship opens new route to the profession

The Open University has launched the new Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship which will provide a vital new work-based route into the profession.

Councils and organisations from the private and voluntary sector can utilise apprenticeship levy funds to train both new and existing social care support staff. The apprenticeship builds on the University’s long-standing experience of delivering social work training.

4th April 2019
Phil Kenmore and Angela Gill

Webinar highlights the successes and benefits of Open University apprenticeships

A large number of employers took part in a recent Open University webinar which coincided with National Apprenticeship Week.

The session titled: "Blaze a trail by investing in apprenticeships" was hosted by Phil Kenmore, Head of Health and Social Care in the Business Development Unit.

21st March 2019
Apprentice social workers

The Open University launches Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

The Open University has launched its Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship, supporting more people into higher education and providing a new, flexible route into becoming a social worker.

11th March 2019
National Apprenticeship Week logo

National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration

As National Apprenticeship Week 2019 comes to an end, The Open University looks back on a special few days in which we celebrated how we have “blazed a trail” with our employer partnerships.

8th March 2019
Laptop and notebook

Webinar - Blaze a trail by investing in apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly important way of employers addressing their skills gaps by attracting new talent and developing the skills of existing employees. In our webinar on Thursday 7th March, you can find out how higher and degree apprenticeships can play a vital role in your learning and development strategy by increasing employee retention, engagement and productivity, to future-proof your organisation’s success.

19th February 2019
Business people discussing figures on ipad

£3 billion in apprenticeship levy funding remains unused

More than £3 billion in apprenticeship levy funding in England remains untouched, as organisations use only 14 per cent of available funding. 

The data, secured by The Open University through a Freedom of Information Act request1, reveals that employers have earned back just £480 million of the total funding available since May 2017. So far, only one in five (19%) levy-paying employers have made apprenticeship commitments, with many reporting some kind of frustration with the scheme. 

4th February 2019
David Willett

Q&A with David Willett in Diversity & Inclusion - a report appearing in The Times

This Q&A appeared as an advertorial in Diversity and Inclusion - a special report in The Times. David Willett is the Commercial Director at The Open University.

30th January 2019
Phil Ridley

Putting new management skills into practice

Phil Ridley works for Travis Perkins, a builders’ merchants which has been supplying the UK’s building and construction markets for more than 200 years. The Open University is working closely with Travis Perkins to deliver high quality apprenticeships to help employees such as Phil gain new skills to benefit businesses and address skills gaps. We asked him to tell us a bit more about the programme.

21st January 2019
Mary Fox

Gaining new confidence in management

Mary Fox is works in The Open University’s Business Development Unit and is developing her career through the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme. Mary told us more about her experiences of the apprenticeship and how she is already bringing new skills and confidence to the workplace.

17th January 2019

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