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The Open University has a strong pedigree of working with employers to understand their learning and development needs. Training includes apprenticeships, short courses, degrees, certificates and diplomas. The scalability and flexibility of OU education means minimal disruption for organisations and employees can apply learning to their workplace immediately.

For over 50 years, The Open University (OU) has led the way in innovative distance-learning. The University has a proven track record and rich heritage of providing workplace education solutions for employers across a range of sectors, which help employees fulfil their potential.

Specialising in developing high-quality learning materials, based on rigorous research and industry insight, the OU combines academic excellence with technological expertise to deliver flexible work-based learning. We have a range of options to suit individual requirements including apprenticeships, short courses, certificates and diplomas and undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

The OU’s flexible and adaptable approach enables consistent educational programmes to be delivered at scale, across geographically dispersed workforces. Through minimising the time needed in the classroom, the OU’s blended delivery model fits around the needs of the employer and the role and responsibilities of the learner. This gives employees new skills and knowledge they can apply immediately to the workplace – increasing engagement and maximising return on investment.

This is why more than 2,400 employers, including IBM, Travis Perkins and the NHS, regularly choose the OU’s learning solutions to develop their workforces. An impressive 78 per cent of FTSE 100 companies sponsor their staff on OU courses and over 160 local councils and more than 430 healthcare providers choose the OU to deliver learning to employees.
Since 2016, the OU has offered higher and degree apprenticeships to help organisations grow their own talent. In England, the OU offers programmes in nursing, policing, social work, digital, management and leadership. In Wales, the OU offers degree apprenticeships and in Scotland, graduate apprenticeships. In total almost 2,000 apprentices are on OU programmes, working for over 550 employers.

Whether you’re looking to develop new or current employees, contact the OU today to find out how flexible learning can work for your organisation.

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