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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.

Three nurses

Employer webinar: Developing the nursing workforce – the ‘OU Way’

The Open University (OU) has been delivering successful pre-registration nurse training since 2002. Our unique approach blends technology-enabled learning with local support from expert tutors, and is delivered in partnership with employers. An OU nursing degree is well suited to a wide variety of students who prefer a more flexible approach which enables study around family or other commitments and for those less able to move or travel to study.

20th May 2019
The Open University: Breaking Barriers to Nursing report

Breaking Barriers to Nursing

A new report by The Open University (OU) has identified the main barriers to the nursing profession, which are key factors contributing to the UK’s shortage of nurses.

15th May 2019
Group of nurses talking

Remove barriers to reduce nursing deficit by 13 per cent, say The Open University

The Open University is calling on higher education institutions (HEIs), NHS employers and the government to address barriers to the nursing profession, which are contributing to the UK’s chronic shortage of nurses.

15th May 2019
Diane Griffiths

How The Open University supports employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes

In this blog, Diane Griffiths talks about her role as an Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager at The Open University (OU). She explains how she provides support to employers to run successful OU higher and degree apprenticeship programmes.

14th May 2019
Happy birthday

Employer partnerships in focus during 50th birthday celebrations

As The Open University turns 50 today, we are celebrating the partnerships we have with businesses, organisations and educational institutions around the world. We invite you to join in the celebrations by using the hashtag #OU50.

18th April 2019
Ann Flynn, Angela Gill, Kate Fawcett

Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship opens new route to the profession

The Open University has launched the new Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship which will provide a vital new work-based route into the profession.

4th April 2019
Phil Kenmore and Angela Gill

Webinar highlights the successes and benefits of Open University apprenticeships

A large number of employers took part in a recent Open University webinar which coincided with National Apprenticeship Week.

The session titled: "Blaze a trail by investing in apprenticeships" was hosted by Phil Kenmore, Head of Health and Social Care in the Business Development Unit.

21st March 2019
Apprentice social workers

The Open University launches Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship

The Open University has launched its Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship, supporting more people into higher education and providing a new, flexible route into becoming a social worker.

11th March 2019
National Apprenticeship Week logo

National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration

As National Apprenticeship Week 2019 comes to an end, The Open University looks back on a special few days in which we celebrated how we have “blazed a trail” with our employer partnerships.

8th March 2019
Laptop and notebook

Webinar - Blaze a trail by investing in apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly important way of employers addressing their skills gaps by attracting new talent and developing the skills of existing employees. In our webinar on Thursday 7th March, you can find out how higher and degree apprenticeships can play a vital role in your learning and development strategy by increasing employee retention, engagement and productivity, to future-proof your organisation’s success.

19th February 2019

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