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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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Build the future webinar: How apprenticeships can develop the future beyond the pandemic

Employers in England have a renewed appetite for apprenticeships and work-based learning this year. Almost three quarters (70%) say apprenticeships will be vital to their recovery from the disruption caused by COVID-19, with 72% planning to take on more apprentices over the next 12 months. This approach is supported by the fact that 66% of employers who embraced apprenticeships during the pandemic say it enabled them to recover more quickly. These are some of the many positive findings from the Build The Future Apprenticeship Survey, a new report from The Open University (OU) that explores the outlook for apprenticeships in the coming months.

11th February 2021

Build The Future Apprenticeship Survey

The Open University, in association with The 5% Club, commissioned a survey of over 600 employers in England about their plans for apprenticeships in the coming months. The polling was conducted in January 2021 amongst small and large businesses from across the private, public and third sector.

11th February 2021
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Developing a culture of nurturing in-house digital talent

Public sector employers are in competition with the private sector for IT talent and need to offer great learning opportunities and career progression paths in order to secure and retain key talent. That’s the approach that the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) takes with regards to existing and future talent.

8th February 2021

National Apprenticeship Week 2021: new employer survey signals renewed optimism

Apprenticeships enable quicker COVID recovery for English business

Appetite for apprenticeships and work-based learning on the rise amongst English employers in the wake of the COVID vaccine.

 

2nd February 2021

The Open University and North Yorkshire Police Partnership – Delivering flexible and innovative police education to a twenty-first century police workforce

The Open University (the OU) has partnered with North Yorkshire Police (NYP) to collaboratively design and deliver the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry programmes. 

27th January 2021
The Open University Social Care report 2021

OU calls for action to address skills shortages in adult social work and social care in England

The Open University is today calling for significant reform in adult social work and social care to aid the sectors’ recovery from COVID-19. 

6th January 2021
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Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer explains benefits to business

Announced last week, the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers is the new national league table showcasing England’s outstanding apprenticeship employers.

1st December 2020
Uber colleagues

New whitepaper: Closing the Opportunity Gap: The economic drivers for learning as a benefit

Organisations need to start thinking about learning differently. They need to think of it as a benefit, something that benefits them, benefits individuals and teams, and also benefits society as a whole. That is the central theme of a new whitepaper, Closing the opportunity gap: The economic drivers for learning as a benefit, produced by The Open University and Uber, in association with TrainingZone.

25th November 2020
Laura Burley

Time for change - Apprenticeships for all

The Open University's Apprenticeships Ambassador, Laura Burley, reports back on her contribution to a recent webinar hosted by Amazing Apprenticeships.

17th November 2020
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Apprenticeships to be the focus of webinar uniting colleges and universities in North Wales

Bangor and Wrexham Glyndwr universities, Coleg Cambria, Grwp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University (OU) have joined forces to promote fully funded apprenticeships.

16th November 2020

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