Covid-19 is expected to significantly change the skills required for as many as 5 million job roles across the UK, driving a surge in employees seeking out distance learning opportunities. A quarter of UK employees have taken on additional learning opportunities to boost their employability and protect the value of their skills.
People who have been furloughed or made redundant are being encouraged to develop their skills with the help of a new online resource. Skills Development Scotland has introduced the portal with the support of the OU in Scotland providing access to its award-winning OpenLearn platform of free courses.
While people across Scotland are staying at home and social distancing, the OU has hundreds of free online courses to help stay informed, engaged and entertained. OpenLearn is the OU’s home for learning online; all the courses are free and there are no entry requirements or start and end dates.
The OU in Scotland is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and will be following guidance issued by the UK and Scottish governments. Our priority is ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, whilst ensuring that the university’s business can run as smoothly as possible.
A space expert from the OU is bringing the largest Moon rock in the UK to events around Scotland for the first time. Prof Mahesh Anand is visiting Dumfries, Galashiels, Ayr and Helensburgh as part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Inspiring People talks.