The Harrison Centre for Social Mobility at the Open University is the first online Harrison Centre and is aimed at giving millions of people across the United Kingdom the opportunity to upskill and improve their employability prospects.
Through the digital Harrison Centre, a suite of education and development courses are now available free of charge to members of the public and can be accessed by visiting the open universities OpenLearn platform.
Courses include Managing My Money for Young Adults; Managing My Investments; English: skills for learning; Entrepreneurship and Commercial Awareness as well as courses looking at different types of businesses.
Harrison Centre for Social Mobility founder, Sir David Harrison, is himself an Open University alumnus having achieved an MBA through the Open University.
Sir David Harrison is also the founder of Fintech business True Potential based in Newcastle, which manages over £22bn of assets. In 2013 the firm donated more than £1 million to the Open University to create a suite of financial literacy courses that have been accessed for free by one million people to date.
Sir David Harrison said: “I’ve always been a big believer in the power of a job to improve social mobility and that has also been my personal experience. Education is the building block to achieving that and it’s why I am proud of the work that we are doing through the Harrison Centres with our partners. I’m particularly pleased to add the Open University to that list.
“Businesses themselves are great drivers of social mobility and many of the digital Harrison Centre courses are aimed at creating an understanding of the commercial world. Other courses support people with household finances, investing and budgeting all of which are particularly relevant at this time in our economy.
“The courses are freely available on the OpenLearn platform to everyone across the UK and I’m sure people find them both enjoyable and valuable.”
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