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Skills Support with The Open University

Updated Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Trade Unions and The OU are working together to offer all workers at risk of redundancy the opportunity to upskill and reskill using OU courses.

The OU have a huge number of free, short courses that you can do at any time and at your own pace. We have suggested some OpenLearn Badged Open Courses below which are designed to accelerate and advance your career aspirations. Each course is 24 hours long and awards an Open University Statement of Participation and a Digital Badge for career development opportunities.

In addition, we offer free, short courses to modules and degrees, The OU has something for everyone.

If you are interested in studying one of our accredited modules or qualifications, you can find more information at IN addition, you may be eligible for the Part Time Fee Grant or a 10% union discount depending on your financial circumstances.

If you have any questions about your study options or to reserve a place on one of our accredited modules/qualifications, please email:

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