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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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Vice-Chancellor praises OU staff for our new 98% employer satisfaction rating

The Open University (OU) has received a 98% employer satisfaction rating in the Department for Education’s ‘FE Choices’ Employer Satisfaction Survey, an England-wide survey to measure employers’ satisfaction with DfE-funded training providers.

7th December 2018
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Why non-medical prescribing is important to developing the NHS future plan

Guest blogger Richard Lowe, Postgraduate Professional Development Lead for the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University, discusses why non-medical prescribing is essential for evolving the UK’s health sector.

6th December 2018
Taking the right path to invest in an apprenticeship programme

Taking the right path to invest in an apprenticeship programme

Investing in a higher or degree apprenticeship can help to overcome an organisation’s skills shortages whilst increasing employee morale, retention and attraction.

24th October 2018
Debunking the apprenticeship myths

Debunking the apprenticeship myths

Apprenticeships, the pathway typically set  for young people that decided to forgo further education in order to learn a trade, has evolved. They are now heralded as a viable solution to overcoming the UK’s ever-growing skills gap.

24th October 2018
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How to show the value and impact of learning at work

Showing value in organisational learning is like the weather: often discussed, frequently complained about, never resolved.

17th August 2018
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How to upskill your workforce

With new game-changing technologies entering the market every day, talent development teams have an opportunity to drive learning about these latest innovations and their potential impact, as well as to help prepare the workforce to work differently as a result.

16th August 2018
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The UK skills shortage is costing organisations £6.3 billion

The majority of organisations in the UK (91%) struggled to find workers with the right skills over the past 12 months, according to a new report commissioned by The Open University.

20th July 2018
The Open University Business Barometer 2018 Research Methodology

The Open University Business Barometer 2018, Research Methodology, prepared by Third City on behalf of The Open University

The Open University Business Barometer, which monitors the skills landscape of the UK, reveals that organisations in the UK are spending £6.3 billion a year as a result of the skills shortage.

9th July 2018
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The Open University Business Barometer 2018

The UK skills shortage has been well publicised in recent years, especially with regards to its effect on productivity and this year’s Business Barometer investigates the extent and nature of the skills shortage in the UK, and the effect it is having on organisations of all sizes.

21st June 2018
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Collab Group and The Open University Announce New Partnership

The Collab Group of Colleges today announces a new partnership with The Open University (OU), designed to provide UK industry with a seamless progression route from vocational training to degree level qualifications.

13th June 2018

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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