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Upskilling Scotland

Increased skills, employability, and productivity are vital to help Scotland's economy. The Open University is committed to providing accessible upskilling opportunities for individuals and businesses across the length and breadth of Scotland.


Partnership working is an essential element to the upskilling work we do. We work collaboratively across all sectors at local, regional and national levels to strengthen our shared goal of reaching and supporting people who will benefit from upskilling. Through these partnerships, we are able to reach a wider audience and widen access to education. 


The Open University in Scotland uses a wide range of funding streams, enabling us to provide a number of fully-funded places to people who are in need of upskilling for their existing career or reskilling into a new career. 

Our accredited undergraduate and postgraduate Microcredentials are popular courses for upskilling within a short period of time, many of which offer fully-funded places. OU students also benefit from the part-time fee grant scheme, which covers course fees for eligible students.  

Free online resources

Using our free learning site OpenLearn, we provide online learning to identify and tackle employability and skills development. We provide bespoke collections of the OpenLearn courses, tailored to the needs of people in Scotland who are facing redundancy, job seekers, young people and for communities, as shown in the examples below. 

Also Open Learning Champions bring the OU's free online open educational resources to communities across Scotland. 

We work with businesses, communities, and individuals to provide workplace skills.