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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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Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland: Driving economic growth after Covid through upskilling and reskilling

Improving skills levels is a top priority in Northern Ireland at the moment, with a strong focus on the need for upskilling and reskilling as part of the Covid-19 pandemic recovery plan. The Department for the Economy recently released a consultation called Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland: Skills for a 10x Economy, which will set the strategic skills agenda from now to 2030.

29th July 2021
TrainingZone: Management Readiness 2021

New whitepaper: Management readiness in 2021: Leaving no stone unturned

There has been plenty written about the ‘next normal’ and the ‘new world of work’ in a post-pandemic world. The overnight shift in the nature and places of work has turned transformation debates into reality – and none more so than in the field of management.

The pandemic has accelerated a shift from task-focused management towards more human qualities, such as ensuring employee wellbeing and engagement. But how can we equip the next generation of managers to deal with the changing demands they face? And where can formal management training help?

27th July 2021

Open up your learning: How to utilise the 'Making your learning count' module in the workplace

The Open University (OU) offers employers a range of ways to support employees in developing their confidence in learning and set them on a path to work and career-related qualifications. The Open up your learning podcast series explores the different options available to employers. In this episode we take a look innovative OU level 1 module - Making your learning count (YXM130).

21st July 2021

The OU sponsors Auddy’s ‘Make or Break’ podcast

In life, facing tough decisions is always a possibility. In business, it’s only a matter of time. Listeners to a new podcast are being encouraged to enrol for the new Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action microcredential, which has Mark Fenton-O’Creevy and Layla Branicki as its lead educators.

13th July 2021

Open up your learning Podcast: How to utilise Access modules in the workplace

The Open University (OU) offers employers a range of ways to support employees in developing their confidence in learning and set them on a path to work and career-related qualifications. The Open up your learning podcast series explores the different options available to employers. In this episode we take a look at Access modules.

7th July 2021

Facing the future with confidence in the fast-moving tech sector

After 15 years as a network specialist, Simon jumped at the chance to broaden his skills with a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship. Not only that but he managed to get married, move house and welcome his second child at the same time.

6th July 2021

ThirdSector.co.uk webinar: Doing more with less

We asked leading industry experts how non-profits can make the most of their existing people and resources as we emerge from the pandemic.

While many charities have seen a huge growth in demand over the last year, they’ve been seriously impacted by loss of income, the disruption of face-to-face services, and the challenges of switching to digital delivery and support. 

1st July 2021

Talk: The Nursing Academy education model

Delivering the Recovery was the name and theme of a recent three-day NHS Confed Conference. The virtual event involved expert speakers and 5,000 health and care leaders reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

24th June 2021

Degree apprentice Niall says ‘jump right in’

Niall Middleton works at web technology consultancy Olamalu and is a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprentice at The Open University. In June 2021, Niall was awarded the Tech Industry Gold Certificate of Merit, nominated by his Practice Tutor, Liz Victor. 

17th June 2021

Talk: New trends in L&D revealed at the Festival of Work

The Open University (OU) launched its latest Trends in Learning Report at the CIPD’s Festival of Work. Trends in Learning 2021 report highlights emerging workplace learning and education trends. This year’s report explores five innovations:

16th June 2021

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