Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

A survey carried out by The Open University (OU) shows that employers have a renewed appetite for apprenticeships and work-based learning. A significant number (70%) say apprenticeships will be vital to their recovery from the disruption caused by Covid-19, with 72% planning to take on more apprentices over the next 12 months. TrainingZone explores the findings and how employers are harnessing apprenticeships to develop future skills.

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As a part of our sponsorship of the Institute of Directors’ Women’s Leadership Conference, the OU created a podcast exploring two of the big challenges facing businesses right now: Brexit and the impact of COVID-19. John D’Arcy, Director at the OU in Ireland, says lockdown caused a rapid shift to digital ways of working and learning.

People whose employment was impacted by COVID-19 have turned to OU free courses to new learn new skills. Record numbers engaged with the resources, with 132,000 individuals in Northern Ireland accessing OpenLearn courses. The OU also helped universities and colleges to design learning specifically to be delivered online.

John was joined on the podcast by Kirsty McManus, Director at the Institute of Directors (IOD) Northern Ireland. See what she had to say…

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PAYadvice.UK 8/4/4/2021

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