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Distance Higher Education and Employability


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Distance Higher Education and Employability

  1. 1. Making The Open University a significantpartner of choice for employers Professor Alan Tait Pro-Vice-Chancellor The Open University
  2. 2. The core issues• Increased demand from employers• The skills gap in the UK• Widening Participation and social justice• More diversified income streams for The Open University
  3. 3. Core challenges• Can the university work effectively with employers?• Do employers want to invest in learning and development?• How could The Open University differentiate itself from other universities?
  4. 4. Understanding what employers want• Relationship management• Flexibility• The employer journey• From B2C to B2B• The Open University achievement in the National Student Survey
  5. 5. Sector Approach
  6. 6. Focus• Choosing the employment sectors• Proportion of workforce at English Qualification Framework 3 and 4• Spend on Learning and Development• Openness to blended and e-learning• Research and knowledge transfer investment
  7. 7. Key capabilities of The OpenUniversity• Delivered to home or workplace• Delivered anywhere in UK or the world• Recognition of prior achievement• Reputation for Quality
  8. 8. Where we are• 16,500 students sponsored directly by employer to be doubled by 2012• Centre for short tailored learning experiences• Sectors in Health and IT/Telecoms• Director for Change• Sponsorship at Pro-Vice-Chancellor level