Unite and OU programme at Rolls-Royce a huge success

21 Mar

 

Unite has had a successful lifelong learning programme at Rolls-Royce for some time, providing union members with opportunities to gain new skills.

Over the past few years, the union has been working with the Open University and the employer to deliver Bachelor of Engineering degrees (B Eng) to members. The delivery has been innovative, with workplace learning groups supported by tutorial surgeries held at work.

The environment of supportive peers created by the learning groups has paid off. The programme has been evaluated, and the significant findings include:

  •  Retention in 2011 was at 94% compared to an OU average of 58%
  • Progression at 100% compared to an OU average of 78%
In addition, students have been scoring very highly on their tutor marked assignments, with many achieving at distinction level.
We believe this is an excellent example of good practice, and shows how solid partnerships can deliver effective skills programmes.
You can read the evaluation report below.

OU Rolls-Royce evaluation

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