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Employee learning and development

The Open University has a rich heritage and proven track record in distance learning, educating workers for over 50 years.

As pioneers of online education, we have a proven platform and pedagogy. Designed specifically for supported distance learning, our innovative approaches have supported two million learners over the last 50 years. 

Furthermore, our Business School is part of an elite group of just 1% of business schools worldwide that are triple accredited, delivering transformational education in business and management.

Benefits for organisations include

  • a unique supported, work-based, blended learning model that delivers immediate results attuned to organisational priorities, culture and working practices
  • learning on any scale, from individual employees to whole teams and dispersed workforces
  • flexible study arrangements so that staff can continue to meet their obligations at work
  • a rapid return on investment as staff apply their new knowledge and skills directly to their own practice

One click and it all clicks

Do you need help solving your key business challenges? What role can learning and development play in organisational success?

The Open University regularly releases reports, whitepapers, webinars, podcasts and other resources that bring together expertise and best practice from both within The Open University, and across our partnerships. On our new Knowledge Hub, you will also find details of our upcoming online and face-to-face events where you can gain further insights and find out how the OU can help your organisation succeed.

Discover insights to make your business smarter.

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Case Studies

Explore our case studies to find out more about how The Open University Business School (OUBS) is supporting employers with their organisational L&D challenges and their learners with their career journey.  

Among those choosing OUBS to develop their people are:


Learning for the whole workforce

Our programmes span everything from microcredentials to MBAs, meaning you can upskill staff at all levels of your business.

Choose from a range of options to suit individual requirements, or design your own tailored programme with our learning experts.


For individuals, we offer

  • internationally-recognised qualifications from an acknowledged world leader in supported distance learning
  • clear progression routes from access level right through to research degrees
  • the opportunity to balance personal goals with organisational objectives
  • an exceptional level of study support

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