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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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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.

Employer webinar: How apprenticeships can diversify your workforce

Join us on Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 10:00 am (GMT) for a webinar featuring an expert panel who will discuss whether apprenticeships are an effective way of opening up opportunity in the workplace to help create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. 

11th January 2022

‘I won’t let dyslexia stop me’ – the degree apprentice building a new career

When Martyn Carroll left school at 16, he didn’t realise he had dyslexia and simply thought higher education wasn’t for him. He’s now proving just what he’s capable of thanks to a degree apprenticeship with The Open University and South Western Railway.

7th January 2022

Like mother, like daughter - Nursing Associate apprentice Fola

Ever since she was a child, Fola Yusuf-Adewuyi wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse. Years later, and now a mum of three herself, Fola is living her dream and is one of the first Nursing Associates to qualify through an innovative Open University apprenticeship.

22nd December 2021

Equipping managers for success through flexible learning

South Western Railway has a substantial workforce – around 5,500 people performing a whole range of jobs, from train drivers to customer service to HR. Many of those colleagues have worked for the company for a long time and have a deep knowledge base, but as they move into more senior roles, they don’t always have formal management training. 

15th December 2021

Celebration time for newly qualified Nurse Associates

The first Nurse Associates have qualified from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), through its new Nursing Academy in partnership with The Open University (OU).

10th December 2021

OU emphasises the importance of digital skills for SMEs in FT webinar

The Open University (OU) recently took part in a webinar called Accelerating the digital transformation of SMEs: How to drive innovation, productivity and growth. Hosted by FT Live, the webinar covered four key areas of digital transformation: the business case for technology, the realities of tech adoption, risk management and security and bridging the skills gap.

8th December 2021

Flexible learning delivers vital upskilling opportunities

Euan Murning first heard about the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) from the membership body Scottish Care. Once he explored it further and learned more about the opportunity – funded training up to the value of £5,000 – it didn’t take him long to decide that it was an excellent prospect for him and his staff. “You don’t often get the chance to access high quality training that is funded,” he says.

19th November 2021

Webinar: A HR and L&D roadmap for supporting employees in the climate emergency

As COP26 leaves its mark it's clear we are entering a pivotal time in terms of the climate change emergency, with implications for Learning & Development and HR leaders to support their employees through potential future change and disruption.

18th November 2021

Belfast-based IT company demonstrates proactive approach to skills challenges

The UK skills shortage is being felt across every sector, region and nation of the UK. In Northern Ireland, 69 per cent of employers report a skills shortage in their organisation, with nearly half (46%) saying their biggest challenge over the next five years will be their ability to find staff with the right skills. These findings are taken from The Open University’s (OU) latest Business Barometer report, published in partnership with The Institute of Directors (IoD).

5th November 2021

Whitepaper: Boosting HR’s psychological literacy to tackle future crises

With research suggesting an organisation’s level of psychological know-how can improve its response to disruption, this whitepaper will explore how business and HR leaders can draw upon psychological resources as part of their crisis management strategy.

4th November 2021

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