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Why the OU for your organisation?

We engage with Scotland's employers to understand their challenges and provide them with exceptional learning, development, recruitment and consultancy solutions.

Transform your workforce

Business people in conversationOrganisations all over Scotland are sponsoring their employees to study with the OU. Many more students pay their course fees and are subsequently reimbursed by their employers. 

  • Staff can put into practice what they’ve learnt from day one, providing an immediate return on your investment.
  • Flexible study minimises disruption to working hours and fits around work priorities.
  • Accredited learning is deliverable locally, nationally and internationally, irrespective of your number of employees.
  • We can provide a consistent learning experience across multiple sites.
  • Our unique learning method is informed by over 50 years of research into how adults learn and apply knowledge in the workplace to achieve.
  • Courses and qualifications are often designed in collaboration with employers and industry bodies, maximising their relevance. 
  • Many Associate Lecturers tutoring our students are actively employed within their specialist disciplines.

Find out more about Professional Learning and Development options    

Boost your business with OU talent 

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Employers can advertise their opportunities to thousands of OU students and graduates, via our free online vacancy service OpportunityHub. You can find out more about how you can recruit OU students and graduates to boost your business with OU talent.  

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Small and medium sized organisations can engage OU students and graduates on short term on-site or virtual placements, through an internship programme we run with Santander Universities. The flexible Santander Universities SME Internship Programme is a great way to attract and retain the very best talent

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Research and Consultancy 

We help organisations address their training challenges and other business needs, by sharing OU expertise, including through consultancy. Visit our research pages to learn more about our research expertise.