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Business Barometer 2024 report

New report: The Business Barometer 2024

The latest edition of an annual report published by The Open University, in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, has found that longstanding skill challenges remain which are hampering organisations in a number of ways.

31st May 2024

Making nursing aspirations a reality

Risedale Estates was recently rated one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the UK. The Cumbria-based care provider has a ‘grow your own’ talent policy, with 25 employees having signed up to the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) programme since it started in 2018.

13th May 2024
Young business professionals

Employers report a values and skills mismatch with younger workers

Three in four (72%) of employers have seen a shift in young people’s (16-24-year olds) values and priorities in the workplace in the past three years, with over half (51%) attributing this to lack of work experience due to the pandemic, new survey has found.

22nd April 2024
Business Barometer Podcast Series

The Business Barometer podcast series

There is an ongoing skills crisis in the UK – three in four employers struggle to access the skills they need, according to last year’s Open University (OU) Business Barometer report, conducted in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). These skills shortages are having a huge impact on organisations, affecting their ability to recruit, grow, innovate and succeed.

22nd March 2024
Chris at his desk at IBM

IBM: Strengthening the ladder of opportunity

Chris Cocklin has one apprenticeship under his belt and is now on his second – a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship through The Open University (OU). And he has recently been nominated for a British Computer Society Apprentice of the Year award.

13th March 2024

New report: Five governance levers to prioritise for ESG success

In an era where corporate responsibility and ethical business practices are paramount, this report from The Open University and HRZone highlights the critical need to reexamine governance within organisations today. 


7th March 2024

The Open University aims to help transform the fortunes of employers

In another collaboration with the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) The Open University (OU) is contributing its 50 years of experience working with businesses to help employers prosper by assisting them in developing the skills they need.

12th February 2024

Employer webinar: Skills for life – How apprenticeships can enable career changers

It’s a challenging skills landscape in the UK, with widespread and ongoing shortages. Almost three quarters (73%) of businesses polled in The Open University’s (OU) latest Business Barometer report said they had significant skills gaps and that it was affecting their ability to do business.

7th February 2024

Sustainability podcast delves into OU report on ESG

Dr Victoria Hands, Director of Sustainability at The Open University, discusses the skills gap in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) within UK businesses on the latest Sustainability Uncovered podcast.

30th January 2024

Ten business benefits of Agile leadership

In today's business landscape, the ability to adapt and excel amidst constant change is more crucial than ever. Agile leadership is a transformative mindset that goes beyond traditional leadership approaches. 

26th January 2024

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