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New report: Embracing Flexibility - How can L&D service new hybrid working and learning models in the public sector?

The report, published by The Open University, in partnership with Public Sector Executive (PSE), highlights almost three quarters (73%) of public sector employees would be more likely stay in a job that allowed remote or hybrid working.

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The report, based on a survey of more than 2,600 employees across all levels of seniority within the public sector found that.

  • Almost three quarters (73%) of public sector employees would be more likely stay in a job that allowed remote or hybrid working.
  • 8 in 10 of public sector employees cite learning and development as key to job satisfaction.
  • 55% prefer blended learning more than any other style of learning but a lack of awareness of available training may be a barrier to overcome.
  • Technology and leadership upskilling opportunities are most sought out while senior leadership wants to learn more about diversity and inclusion.
  • The findings are supplemented by expert comment from OU academics, alumni and partner employers and organisations.

Our survey reflects the desire for flexible learning, hybrid models and remote working, suggesting they are here for the long-term in many job roles. But employees still want to engage in learning and development to reach their full potential. This report outlines the challenge for public sector leaders and L&D teams. The future will require more choice, driving better awareness, and rethinking the way learning is delivered in the workplace.

Balvinder Johal
Sector Business Development Director, The Open University

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