The Open University

The Open University (OU) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It has a strong pedigree of working with employers to understand their learning and development needs. Training includes apprenticeships, short courses, certificates and diplomas. The scalability and flexibility of the OU’s training solutions means minimal disruption for organisations and employees can apply learning to their workplace immediately.

Since 1969, more than two million people have come through the OU’s virtual doors. The Open University is now the largest provider of part-time undergraduate higher education in Northern Ireland, with over 3,700 students in Northern Ireland and 1,000 in the Republic of Ireland.

No prior qualifications are needed for most OU courses – widening access to higher education to self-motivated and determined people who want to progress in their career. The University has a strong pedigree and heritage in working with employers to re-train and upskill staff – making the OU a key partner for employers looking to address skills gaps.

The University currently works with almost 2,500 organisations who sponsor staff through their studies. The OU’s flexible, blended learning is the perfect model to address recruitment and retention challenges. An impressive 78 of the FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff with the OU as it continues to play a key role in a wide range of sectors.