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.

Consistent training across your
organisation and fully supported
by the OU

Hundreds of courses,
qualifications and modules
to choose from

Flexible learning that
minimises disruption for the
learner and business

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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.

New report: The Business Barometer 2023

The Open University published in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, the report provides a temperature check on the UK skills landscape and insight into organisations' ability to strategically plan to solve their skills gaps.

Business Barometer 2023
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
North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police

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


Discover how this insurance sector software company is building an IT talent pipeline through apprenticeships.

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.

Contact us

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