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  • The Open University (OU) has opened applications for 400 short course places being fully funded through the Department for the Economy’s Skill Up initiative.

    Courses have been selected based on industry demand and growth and include Cyber Security Operations (Cisco), Agile Leadership and Management, Climate Change: Transforming your Organisation for Sustainability and AWS: Solutions Architect.

    There are 12 courses to choose from, each lasting between 10 and 12 weeks. Priced at £750, the 400 places will be funded through Skill Up, the flexible skills initiative, so successful applicants won’t pay anything.

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    “This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking to upskill or change career direction,” says Dr. Lynsey Quinn, Senior Manager, Skills and Partnerships at The Open University in Ireland.

    “These short, bite-sized courses are designed to help you quickly build in-demand career skills and knowledge to stay up-to-date and get ahead.  The last few years have seen employees face many pressures. From Covid-19 to the current cost-of-living crisis, workforces face pressure and stress in both their personal and working lives, and this is a huge challenge for organisations. 

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    “Recent research* has shown that workplaces which support skills and professional training have better-skilled workers, better engagement and better retention but also show improvement in staff stress levels and mental wellbeing.”

    Whether you’re looking to refresh your skills or upskill to open a new career path, these courses provide an opportunity to invest in your future.  All you need is a willingness to learn and the commitment to study between 10 and 18 hours a week.

    Find out more about The Open University’s range of Skill Up funded courses at

    Registration for The Open University Skill Up courses closes at midnight on 15 May 2023. Places are limited so early application is recommended.

    Source: Written from press release

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