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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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Webinar highlights best practice tech adoption for SMEs

Digital transformation has been hugely accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. But several key elements need to be in place in order for that transformation to happen successfully: digital skills, leadership and management expertise, and business leaders who understand the potential of technology and are willing and able to invest in the right technologies and skills.

10th June 2021

Providing businesses with the skills for success

Kate Dewmartin set up Pembrokeshire-based craftcourses.com in 2011. It is a leading creative experience website, offering thousands of arts, crafts and wellbeing workshops, classes and courses. The company’s story is featured in a new report by The Open University and Be the Business into digital skills.

10th June 2021
Skills for Success 2021 report

New report: Skills for success: Supporting business leaders with digital adoption

The embrace of technology by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK has rapidly accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic first began – accelerating innovation in the process. However, we also know that of those businesses that adopt technology, most are unsuccessful.

28th May 2021

Webinar: Transport and logistics: Balancing sustainability and resilience

Sustainability and resilience in supply chains was the focus of a recent webinar hosted by The Open University (OU) in association with the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport. Balancing sustainability and resilience looked at the importance of sustainability and resilience in the logistics and transport sector, the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit and lessons learnt through the turmoil of the past 18 months.

26th May 2021

Doing more with less in uncertain times: supporting post-COVID recovery in the third sector

Behind masks, in gloves and online, during the Coronavirus crisis, the charity sector has continued to do what it does best: support the vulnerable and deliver vital services in the community.

29th April 2021

Open up your learning - 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.

21st April 2021

Roundtable celebrates diversity in apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to recruit, develop and retain a more diverse workforce. They enable employers to tap into a broader talent pool, which improves diversity of skills and thinking in the workplace. This makes employers more able to meet the challenges facing them today and in the future, as well as enabling them to meet diversity and inclusion targets. And by widening access to learning and job opportunities, apprenticeships create more equal opportunities for all. 

30th March 2021

Outstanding curriculum, exemplary partnerships: social work training at The Open University

The Open University (OU) delivers an outstanding social work curriculum, partnerships with employers are exemplary, and learning is flexible and responsive. That is the conclusion of the recent Periodic Quality Review of OU social work provision

5th March 2021

Podcast: Rising out of adversity

The last 12 months have been challenging for employers everywhere, but they have been doubly challenging for employers in Northern Ireland. Not only have they had to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions, but they’ve also had Brexit and the fallout from that to contend with.

1st March 2021
Social Care webinar

Employer webinar: The path forward for social care in England

An expert panel of social care and social work professionals were brought together in a webinar to discuss the findings of a new report published by The Open University. The report, The path forward for social care in England, is based on a survey of 500 leaders from across adult social care and social work. The report offers five recommendations for the future of the sector in England.

16th February 2021

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