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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.

Business Barometer reveals skills shortages to be a long term strategic challenge for employers

According to The Open University’s annual business report published in partnership with the Institute of Directors, UK employers are facing a skills shortage when it comes to hiring specialist, entry level talent.   

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7th October 2021

The Open University Business Barometer - New Webinar

The Open University (OU) Business Barometer is released each year and gives an overview of the UK skills landscape – published this year in association with the Institute of Directors (IoD). Based on a survey of 1,500 employers, the report analyses the size, impact and nature of skills shortages and the steps that business leaders are taking to address them.

1st October 2021

The Open University Presents: Talent, It’s Our Future – Episode 5

In this edition of The Open University‘s ‘Talent, It's Our Future', Rhys Griffiths, the OU’s Business Relationship Manager in Wales, is joined by Sue Evans, CEO of Social Care Wales.

Their focus is on well-being, with a vision of wanting every person who needs support to live the life that matters to them.

One of the most important and essential factors in achieving this is by building confidence in the workforce and leading and supporting improvement in social care.

1st October 2021

Persistence pays off for determined Degree Apprentice Frances

Frances Mahony works as a Software Engineer for Shell Energy Retail and is a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprentice at The Open University.

30th September 2021

Open up your learning Podcast: Microcredentials

The Open University 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 microcredentials.

1st September 2021

Organisational Culture and the Role of IT – What will the ‘new normal’ look like?

Remote working, resilience and ransomware. These are three of the topics explored in the recent BCS Leaders Forum webinar: Organisational Culture and the Role of IT – What will the ‘new normal’ look like?

23rd August 2021

Funded digital-skills job training for over 19s

People with a strong interest in moving into a digital career have an opportunity to change their fortunes for the better.

23rd August 2021

Open up your learning: How to utilise the BA/BSc (Hons) Open degree 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 the BA/BSc (Hons) Open degree.

18th August 2021

Case study: The powerful impact of leaders who learn

Ahmed El-Hamaky graduated as an electrical engineer in the early 2000s but had a career dream to lead and manage a business across a large geography. He wanted to make a difference – to customers, to the next generation of people he worked with and to the organisation.

16th August 2021

Open up your learning Podcast: How to utilise the Open Master's 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 the MA/MSc Open.

4th August 2021

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