How The Open University’s English and maths provision opens doors to career progression

23 May, 2019

Skills in English and maths are vital for people wishing to progress their careers in a wide range of fields. Not only are these skills important in the workplace, those undertaking an apprenticeship may require level 2 qualifications in English and maths in order to successfully complete the programme. In the case of the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (the regulating body) requires that applicants have qualifications in English and maths at level 2 at the point of entry.

The Open University (OU) is part of a Department for Education funded project in which free English and maths courses are offered on the University’s free OpenLearn website, with local support available through partner colleges. Bedford College Group, Middlesborough College and West Herts College partnered with the OU to produce the courses, and the OU is now seeking to invite more colleges to use the resources for their local community. This is now being extended to offer free course materials including Level 2 maths and English. These key qualifications can help people to open up new doors in their careers and realise their potential.

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