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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
Apprentice nurse

Flexibility and innovation – a nursing partnership that opens doors

The Open University (OU) is working with Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) to develop the local nursing workforce. Through the OU’s Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship and Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship, the Trust is able to grow its own talent with its new, innovative Nursing Academy. This allows apprentices to earn while they learn and study towards registered nursing roles.

17th February 2020
The impact of apprenticeships in the workplace webinar

Watch webinar: The impact of apprenticeships in the workplace

Are you interested in measuring the success of apprenticeship programme and looking for ways to demonstrate their value? This event gives attendees the opportunity to gain insights from an expert panel of learning and development professionals who are passionate about apprenticeships and the impact they make in the workplace. 

In this webinar, you will hear about quantitative and qualitative research and experiences from organisations such as DHL, Pearson, Public Health England, Unilever, Health Education England and The Open University.

6th February 2020
Panel discussion members

Employer webinar: The impact of apprenticeships in the workplace

The Open University recently brought together a panel of experts to discuss the impact of apprenticeships in the workplace in advance of National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

5th February 2020
The Capgemini team

The Open University trains cyber security team in Inverness

The Open University is delivering a Graduate Apprenticeship in Cyber Security to eight Capgemini employees in Inverness. The Graduate Apprenticeship has been designed so that employees who have already completed a relevant MA will be fast-tracked through the programme.

10th January 2020
Webinar presenters

Learn more about The Open University’s new Future Nurse programmes

The Open University ran a recent webinar which introduced The Open University’s new Future Nurse programmes, which start in Autumn 2020. The Open University has been providing nurse education for 17 years and is currently working in partnership with over 180 employers to develop the nurses of tomorrow.

24th December 2019
Learners

How The Open University’s English and maths provision opens doors to higher and degree apprenticeships

Find out how The Open University’s English and maths (functional skills) provision opens doors to higher and degree apprenticeships.

11th December 2019
Care UK team

Working with Care UK to improve healthcare in justice

The Open University (OU) has partnered with Care UK to deliver the Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship to Health Care Support Workers (HCSWs) who are employed across more than 40 prison and young offender establishments where healthcare services are provided by Care UK’s Health in Justice division.

22nd October 2019
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. 

18th October 2019

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

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