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Celebration time for newly qualified Nurse Associates

The first Nurse Associates have qualified from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), through its new Nursing Academy in partnership with The Open University (OU).

10th December 2021

OU emphasises the importance of digital skills for SMEs in FT webinar

The Open University (OU) recently took part in a webinar called Accelerating the digital transformation of SMEs: How to drive innovation, productivity and growth. Hosted by FT Live, the webinar covered four key areas of digital transformation: the business case for technology, the realities of tech adoption, risk management and security and bridging the skills gap.

8th December 2021

Flexible learning delivers vital upskilling opportunities

Euan Murning first heard about the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) from the membership body Scottish Care. Once he explored it further and learned more about the opportunity – funded training up to the value of £5,000 – it didn’t take him long to decide that it was an excellent prospect for him and his staff. “You don’t often get the chance to access high quality training that is funded,” he says.

19th November 2021

Webinar: A HR and L&D roadmap for supporting employees in the climate emergency

As COP26 leaves its mark it's clear we are entering a pivotal time in terms of the climate change emergency, with implications for Learning & Development and HR leaders to support their employees through potential future change and disruption.

18th November 2021

Belfast-based IT company demonstrates proactive approach to skills challenges

The UK skills shortage is being felt across every sector, region and nation of the UK. In Northern Ireland, 69 per cent of employers report a skills shortage in their organisation, with nearly half (46%) saying their biggest challenge over the next five years will be their ability to find staff with the right skills. These findings are taken from The Open University’s (OU) latest Business Barometer report, published in partnership with The Institute of Directors (IoD).

5th November 2021

Whitepaper: Boosting HR’s psychological literacy to tackle future crises

With research suggesting an organisation’s level of psychological know-how can improve its response to disruption, this whitepaper will explore how business and HR leaders can draw upon psychological resources as part of their crisis management strategy.

4th November 2021

Pioneering a new route into advanced clinical practice

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and The Open University (OU) have partnered together to develop new Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) through flexible, online distance learning. 

2nd November 2021

Employer webinar: How can HR and L&D equip employees to face the climate emergency?

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is a crucial event for determining the fate of our planet, as world leaders come together to agree on actions for bringing climate change under control.

21st October 2021

Business Barometer 2021

Skills shortages revealed to be a long term strategic challenge for employers.

According to The Open University’s annual business report published in partnership with the Institute of Directors, UK employers are facing a skills shortage when it comes to hiring specialist, entry level talent.   

7th October 2021

Employer webinar on demand: Sustainable strategies for attracting talent

The Open University's Business Barometer report has been published in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD). The report analyses the UK skills landscape, looking at the size, nature and impact of the skills gap across different nations, regions and sectors. The report is based on a survey of 1,500 UK employers across the public, private and third sectors.

1st October 2021

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