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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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Making the most of the apprenticeship levy in England

Making the most of the apprenticeship levy in England: Understanding levy transfers

Apprenticeship levy transfers are a great way of making the most of the levy funding - for both the transferring employer, and the employer receiving the funds. 

After two years, funds are recouped by the Government on a monthly basis if the fund is not used or underspent by a levy-paying employer.

18th October 2019
Devon NHS logo

Delivering successful apprenticeship programmes for learners with disabilities

Laney Stemp is an excellent example of how employers and providers are able to work in partnership to deliver successful apprenticeship programmes for learners with disabilities. Laney works for Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which provides a wide range of NHS services to people with mental health and learning disability needs in Devon, the wider South West region and nationally.

26th September 2019
Disabled businessman using computer

New report shows more to be done to attract and retain apprentices with declared disabilities

The Open University is calling on the UK Government to help businesses further attract and recruit more disabled apprentices through its apprenticeship programmes.

25th September 2019
Access to Apprenticeships report

Access to Apprenticeships

Access to Apprenticeships is a new report by The Open University (OU) which explores access to, and the availability of, apprenticeships for people with declared disabilities. It is based on the results of a major survey of over 700 large and small employers across England.

25th September 2019

Open University advises on the CBI’s influential future of the apprenticeship levy report

On Tuesday, 17 September, the CBI published an important report ‘Learning on the Job: Improving the Apprenticeship Levy’ with the aim of feeding into discussions to improve the delivery of the apprenticeship levy policy in England.

19th September 2019
Nick Boston with apprentice

How Open University Practice Tutors support work-based learning in apprenticeships

Nick Boston is a Practice Tutor at The Open University supporting apprentices in the South of England on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. In his blog, Nick talks about what the role entails and how he is able to work with both the employer and the apprentice to ensure successful completion of work-based learning and support the programme as a whole.

21st August 2019
Business Barometer 2019 report

The Open University Business Barometer report is out now

The 2019 version of this annual report is out now. The Business Barometer is now in its third year and monitors the skills landscape of the UK.

27th June 2019
Phil Kenmore at the APPG

MPs and Peers hear from The Open University about success of nursing apprenticeships

The Open University’s Phil Kenmore, Head of Health and Social Care (Business Development) was recently invited to address the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships in Westminster.

25th June 2019
IBM apprentice

Open University partnership with IBM featured in new report

A partnership between The Open University and IBM features in the new State of the Relationship report by The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), launched today.

18th June 2019
The webinar team after the session

Employers discover more about nurse education – the ‘OU Way’

The Open University (OU) is used by over 180 NHS employers across the UK to provide opportunities for healthcare support workers to qualify as nurses.

The University’s recent report – Breaking Barriers to Nursing – called on higher education institutions and NHS employers to address barriers to the nursing profession and made a number of recommendations on how these barriers can be overcome.

11th June 2019

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