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Keep up to date with the latest developments in the skills landscape and read more about our latest releases, partnerships, events and insights. Working with over 2,800 organisations across multiple sectors, The Open University is able to share its vast experience and pedigree in work-based learning.

Photo of Chris Hogan at the CIPD ACE event

Solving the digital skills puzzle

‘Solving the digital skills puzzle’ was the title of a talk given by Chris Hogan, Director of Employer Propositions at the Open University (OU), at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) recent annual conference exhibition.

21st November 2022

Why earning and learning works for businesses – introducing The 5% Club

The Open University works with more than 2,800 organisations to provide earn and learn opportunities. As a sign of the learning and development it provides its own staff, the OU is a member of The 5% Club, a charity which promotes inspire positive action for increased and accessible workplace learning.

19th October 2022

Developing the Learning Disability learning pathway

There is an acute shortage of learning disability nurses in England. Traditionally a small field of nursing, demand has been increasing in recent years. “The learning disability nursing workforce is growing,” says Erica Goddard, Staff Tutor, Nursing at The Open University (OU).

12th October 2022

A flexible partnership to grow the local nursing workforce

A few years ago, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust (IOW NHS Trust) decided to change its recruitment strategy in order grow its local nursing workforce. The numbers of nursing professionals was declining on the island and opportunity to qualify was somewhat limited, so the Trust partnered up with The Open University (OU) to offer a new flexible educational route through the Apprenticeship Levy.

6th October 2022

Growing digital talent from within

RDT’s DNA is to innovate and tirelessly find ways of working that give the company a competitive edge. And when it comes to investing in the stars of the future, there's never been a more important time to get it right.

28th September 2022

How advanced clinical practice skills development is boosting patient care in Southampton

The Open University (OU) offers several qualifications in advanced clinical practice, including an MSc (Master of Science). It more recently added an Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship to its portfolio.

30th August 2022

New partnership drives strategic skills development in logistics and transport sector

A new partnership between The Open University (OU) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT) aims to develop strategic and leadership skills within the sector.

20th July 2022

Finding a different route into teaching

Louise has been a teaching assistant in a secondary school for six years and really enjoys her job. However, her ambition has always been to become a fully-qualified teacher, with an eye to specialising in sport. To realise that ambition she knew she needed to acquire a degree-level qualification. 

22nd June 2022

Reflection on the IoD Northern Ireland Women’s Leadership conference 2022

The Open University (OU) has revealed new findings detailing how employers in England are struggling to meet the digital skills gap in their organisation.

31st March 2022

Three quarters of IT employers claim their company has a digital skills gap

The Open University (OU) has revealed new findings detailing how employers in England are struggling to meet the digital skills gap in their organisation.

28th March 2022

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