The Open University’s Business Development Unit (BDU) has been supporting our expertise and pedigree in work-based learning by producing some important thought leadership reports.
This is part of the OU’s increasing focus and success in working with employers to upskill and reskill staff.
The most recent report is The Open University Business Barometer 2019 which calculates the cost of the skills shortage to UK business, and promotes the OU’s work-based learning offering. Now in its third year, it analyses the impact of the skills shortage across different nations, regions and sectors and created significant media interest in both national and trade titles.
Using research and insight from senior business leaders, the report highlights the extent of the skills shortage, its impact on business, and what organisations expect to see in terms of talent in the workforce in the years to come.
This is building on the success of recent reports into digital skills (Bridging the Digital Divide), the Apprenticeship Levy in England and barriers to the nursing profession.