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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.

Reskilling for recovery: preparing business for the future

The Open University (OU) was delighted to take part in the CBI’s recent virtual roundtable discussion - ‘Reskilling for Recovery: Preparing Business for the Future’ - part of the CBI’s daily webinar series exploring the most pressing issues for business in light of coronavirus

8th June 2020
Louise from City of York Council

Exploring routes into social work through flexible programmes

The Open University has been training practising social workers for over twenty years. 250 social workers qualify with the OU each year, a total of 6,400 social workers since 1997

19th May 2020
Trends in Learning report 2020

Trends in Learning 2020

Workplace learning is constantly evolving. That is why every year we track what’s new and what’s changing, identifying what we think are the most important and interesting developments. We share those developments with the business community in our annual workplace learning reports, which we have been producing since 2012. 

19th May 2020
Two colleagues with laptop

Webinar - Give your managers the skills to succeed

Forward-thinking employers – interested in developing their managers of the future – recently joined The Open University for a webinar about our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

18th May 2020
Tina working on PC

Providing pathways into social work with Cornwall Council

A national shortage of social workers means that many local councils in the UK struggle to recruit enough social workers. For Cornwall Council, the problem is exacerbated by geography and a lack of fast transport links. “Cornwall, in terms of geography, is particularly difficult to recruit to,” says Anne Smith, Head of Service for Safeguarding, Quality and Practice for Adults at Cornwall Council.

15th May 2020
Laura Overton and whitepaper front cover

New whitepaper - Driving business value through flexible learning

The Open University, in collaboration with TrainingZone, has launched a report to help employers reap the benefits of flexible learning.

29th April 2020

OpenLearn – free learning for work

Earlier this year, The Open University (OU) convened a panel discussion on free learning for work. 

6th April 2020
Two apprentices studying

Pioneering a new route into social work

There are many reasons why City of York Council decided to partner with The Open University to run its new Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship. One of them, according to Lesley Furnival, Practice Consultant in Children’s Social Care at the council, is that the apprenticeship has created a great learning and career path.

13th March 2020
Discussion at DXC Technology offices

Growing Scotland's digital talent of the future

In 2018, a senior manager at DXC Technology approached the Open University regarding Graduate Apprenticeships with a view to undertaking a programme himself. After looking into it, his manager – a Director of Services - was so impressed by what was on offer that he also joined the first cohort of the Master’s Graduate Apprenticeship in cyber security.

28th February 2020
Dr Mercia Spare

Inspiring the nurses of the future

Dr Mercia Spare has an inspiring career story to tell. Having left school with one CSE and college without any A-levels, she started her working life in a series of low paid industry jobs. Those jobs were okay but she knew that she wanted more from work. She wanted a job where she was caring for people, where she was making people’s lives better. She knew she wanted to be a nurse. “Nursing was my pathway,” she says.

27th February 2020

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