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INVEST - Tapping into Ambition: Rethinking how we invest in workforce talent

A old-hat learning is failing to support the aspirations people have for their careers, hobbies, work-life blend and families. How can organisations move past the conventional and tap into people’s diverse ambitions in a way that supports business performance? Thinking outside the traditional L&D box, a handful of businesses have tapped into ambition by encouraging development in skills beyond that which the business requires, through adopting the novel approach of ‘learning as a benefit’.

9th June 2022

RETAIN - Tapping into Ambition: Rethinking how we retain workforce talent

A few pioneering businesses have entered into new territory that has reaped great results for worker retention. These organisations have tapped into ambition through adopting ‘learning as a benefit’ and seeing improvements in worker loyalty, wellbeing, inclusion and social mobility.

9th June 2022

Tapping into ambition: Rethinking how we attract, retain, and invest with workforce talent

In the current candidate-driven market, traditional employee benefits are no longer meeting the evolving expectations of workers, and old-hat L&D processes are failing to support the ambitions people have for their careers, hobbies, work-life blend, and families.

9th June 2022

Supporting skills development in Northern Ireland’s manufacturing sector

It’s Manufacturing Month in Northern Ireland this month. Led by the campaigning organisation Manufacturing NI, there’s a programme of events highlighting the successes and challenges facing the sector currently. To mark the initiative, The Open University (OU) Northern Ireland produced a podcast, discussing the future of skills and learning in Northern Ireland’s manufacturing sector.

18th May 2022

New report: Embracing Flexibility - How can L&D service new hybrid working and learning models in the public sector?

The report, published by The Open University, in partnership with Public Sector Executive (PSE), highlights almost three quarters (73%) of public sector employees would be more likely stay in a job that allowed remote or hybrid working.

7th April 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

Wales newsfeed

15th March 2022

Local solutions to local social work challenges

The social work profession has faced considerable challenges the past 10-15 years. There are significant recruitment and retention issues, particularly in more remote and rural areas. Funding challenges have had an impact on learning and development provision. At the same time, demand for social worker interventions have been rising, with social workers undertaking increasingly complex support of vulnerable people.

14th March 2022

Webinar shares graduate apprenticeship success stories

Graduate apprenticeships are helping plug digital skills gaps in Scotland, particularly in the business critical area of cyber security. As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7-11 March), The Open University in Scotland (OUiS) hosted an employer webinar to talk about the current digital skills landscape in Scotland and the role of apprenticeships in addressing skills challenges.

11th March 2022

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