The OU is globally recognised and respected as a leader in distance learning, achieving an overall Gold rating in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework. The OU is globally recognised and respected as a leader in distance learning, achieving an overall Gold rating in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework.

The Open University for employers

We work with organisations to understand their challenges and provide solutions to skills challenges through our vast array of learning and development programmes.

Unlock the potential of your workforce through our flexible online learning, shaped around your organisation's needs.

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Professional Learning & Development at The Open University

Are you looking to become an apprentice or looking for information for how your employer can help you to develop your own skills and knowledge? Read our guide.

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High quality work-based learning, delivered at scale and flexibly to suit your organisation's needs.

Undergraduate and postgraduate

We can provide progression pathways from non-accredited courses, through to certificate, diplomas, undergraduate degrees and Master's degrees.

Professional Development Courses

Develop and enhance the skills within your organisation with our CPD courses and microcredentials.

Higher Technical Qualifications

Develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for in-demand digital roles.

Why the OU?

Learn why more than 2,800 organisations across public, private and third sectors have chosen us to provide their staff development solutions. Our flexible approach will help meet your individual needs.

The Business Barometer podcast series

Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE discusses some of the skills issues and challenges faced by employers with a number of special guests.

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Knowledge Hub

Knowledge Hub

Browse our latest learning and development resources and keep informed of the latest news and trends.

Procuring OU services

We’re on a number of the most commonly used national Frameworks/Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), so that you can easily commission our services in line with your organisation’s procurement rules.

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Looking to employ OU talent?

Partner with us to advertise your roles and get access to the most diverse and geographically spread undergraduate talent pool in the UK.

Employers we have helped

The Open University provides great flexibility. In actual fact, it's unparalleled in my view, when it comes to the service that they deliver.

Lee Partridge
Professional Development Unit Lead, North Yorkshire Police

Learn how IBM use OU apprenticeships to progress careers and move employers up its "ladder of opportunity".

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Learn how the Isle of Wight NHS Trust changed their recruitment strategy in partnership with the OU to grow their nursing workforce.

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North Yorkshire Police

Gain insights on how The Open University and the North Yorkshire Police deliver flexible policing programmes to serve the local area.


Gain insight on how Uber was able to give eligible drivers the opportunity to access fully funded education.

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Get in touch to find out how we can help your business. For further information, contact us.