Pro Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Tim Blackman, said:
“As this report recognises, the UK needs much more than just the traditional university route to higher skills. This is why around a quarter of a million students are currently enrolled with The Open University, three-quarters working while they are learning. Our unique approach to flexible learning enables our students to fit their studies around their lives and careers.
“The CBI rightly points out that up-skilling the UK workforce is key to driving our economic recovery. The OU is a world leader in distance and flexible learning, based on over four decades of experience and research. We have already teamed up with employers from a range of sectors to deliver this student experience in the workplace and we look forward to working with the Government, CBI and our colleagues across the Higher Education sector to ensure the UK is equipped with the skills we need to compete in the global economy.
“We especially welcome the report's recommendations for further exemptions from the Equivalent or Lower Qualification policy and for promoting support for part time study, both undergraduate and postgraduate.”