Chris Rawden, Head of Operations (Nursing)
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University
Following time spent in the British Army and Financial Services, Chris moved into a training and development role in 2005 and thereafter into adult education in 2009, where he led a Local Authority adult education service before joining The Open University in 2014. Over the last decade, he has had significant experience of working for and with employers to develop programmes that meet training needs, overseeing the introduction of apprenticeships into both the adult education service and into The Open University, where the first Higher Apprentices were recruited in early 2016.
Since joining The Open University, Chris has worked with health employers from both the public and private sector and across the United Kingdom, to understand their requirements of apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes in nursing and healthcare and provide insight into the development of programmes to meet those needs. He has supported various employer groups in understanding the requirements for the delivery of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
As both a former apprentice and a graduate of The Open University, Chris has strong personal insights into the needs of adult and ‘non-traditional’ learners and a desire to ensure that background and prior attainment are no barrier to achievement.