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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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The £1.5 billion nursing shortage bill

NHS trusts spend £1.46 billion a year on temporary staffing to plug the nursing gap - the equivalent of salaries for 66,000 newly qualified registered nurses.

3rd May 2018
Trends in learning 2018 report

Trends in Learning Report 2018

Our new Trends in Learning 2018 report is taken from The Open University’s innovating pedagogy research from our Institute of Educational Technology.

27th April 2018
The apprenticeship levy: one year on report cover

Apprenticeship accounts have £1.28 billion stockpiled, OU analysis reveals

More than £1.28 billion of the funding that has been paid into the apprenticeship levy is still sitting in National Apprenticeship Service accounts, new data analysis commissioned by The Open University has found.

9th April 2018

Should apprenticeships become agile?

The apprenticeship levy was introduced on 6th April 2017 to encourage employers to upskill their workforce in an attempt to improve UK productivity.

27th March 2018

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, discusses her Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship with The Open University

At the end of National Apprenticeships Week 2018, we ask Sue Husband for her top five benefits from the apprenticeship reforms

13th March 2018

Potential vs experience: the leadership conundrum

Extraordinary leadership is the cornerstone of any successful organisation. With massive changes shaking up the political and financial climate in recent years, along with vast technological advancements changing the way we live and work, there’s been a necessary re-definition of what it means to be a great leader.

11th January 2018

Join our MBA apprenticeship webinar

Following the success of our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, we are delighted to announce the launch of our flexible Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programme, in spring 2018. Join our webinar and find out more.

6th November 2017

The Open University chosen as a supplier to the public sector for management and digital degree apprenticeships

The Open University (OU) is delighted to announce its successful bid to become one of the chosen suppliers of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship for public sector organisations across England.

3rd October 2017
Towards Maturity Report

In Focus: The Work-based Learning Dividend

The Open University has sponsored a new piece of research, to help employers understand how to empower the self-directed learner and build effective learning environments.

31st August 2017

Developing existing staff with apprenticeships

Despite the wealth of advantages that higher and degree apprenticeships have to offer, there may still be many questions and concerns around whether to make the transition or not – whether that comes from the senior leaders, HR and L&D teams or the line managers themselves.

25th August 2017

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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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