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Employers and business case studies

Businesses, employers, and communities across Scotland are being provided with funded workplace skills development opportunities. Many of them receive support through the Open University’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund programme, meet some of them below.

Flora Henderson from Health In Mind

Health in Mind

For charitable organisation Health in Mind, The Open University in Scotland and the Flexible Workforce Development Fund have provided a vital source of training and funding, at a time of significant budgetary pressures and demand for services.

Maria Bell from Mesomorphic. Photo by Neil Nanna.


Maria Bell and Jacob Mercer from Mesomorphic, which creates bespoke software for SMEs and entrepreneurs using modern development methodologies, tells us how the OU in Scotland’s unique remote learning offer has supported the workforce’s professional development.

Survival Systems International Engineer

Survival Systems International

Global lifeboat manufacturer Survival Systems International has been able to integrate learning with the needs of its business due to the funded skills development opportunities offered through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund. 

Ruth Caldwell from Swiis Foster Care Scotland. Photo by Neil Hanna.

Swiis Foster Care

Swiis Foster Care Scotland has successfully used support from the Flexible Workforce Development Fund to offer group study opportunities with The Open University in Scotland, across multiple teams and roles in its organisation.

Callum Mullen from Tank Studios. Photo by Neil Hanna.

Tank Studios

Software developers Tank Studios have successfully developed their business and generated new revenue streams after their Head of Sales and Marketing undertook learning with The Open University in Scotland, supported by the Flexible Workforce Development Fund. 

Winning Scotland's Dave Barrie, Zahra Hedges (Chief Executive), and Kevin Gilchrist. Photo by Neil Hanna.

Winning Scotland

Members of staff from the charity Winning Scotland learned together with benefits to the individual and the organisation, thanks to support from the Open University’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund programme in Scotland.

Scottish Water logo

Scottish Water

As part of Scottish Water’s commitment to Net Zero and strategic objective of building a Hydro Nation, it has partnered with The Open University to offer a Combined STEM degree. 

A National Trust for Scotland house, Culzean Castle.

National Trust for Scotland

National Trust for Scotland has partnered with the OU and Skills Development Scotland to bring new structured learning opportunities to its staff, as part of its strategy to become a skills and learning-focused organisation.