We launched The Big Help Out last year to provide help and support to those affected by redundancy, furlough or unemployment as a result of COVID-19. We're now in lockdown 3.0 and pandemic continues to impact businesses, people's careers and their mental health. We want to continue our mission to help out, and get businesses and people back on their feet.

What is The Big Help Out?

It’s been a difficult 12 months. Since the first nationwide lockdown in March 2020, businesses continue to struggle and people have been furloughed, with many being made redundant.

In the first two lockdowns we saw hundreds of people use their time to reflect on their career, upskill or re-train, taking control of their futures as much as they can in the current situation.

Here at Open Study College we want to do our bit to help. Which is why we launched The Big Help Out – our initiative to help businesses and individuals get back on their feet. Now we’re in lockdown 3.0, we’re extending this scheme to continue to support people and focus on a brighter future beyond Coronavirus. 

From recruitment support that will kickstart your career, to a number of giveaways and mental health support, we’ve got you covered.

Career kickstart

If you’re looking for help in getting your career off the ground, whether that be progressing in your current job or embarking on a brand new challenge, we can help.

Not only do we offer courses that can transform your future, all of our students receive exclusive employment support, including:

  • A free CV critique – you’ll receive a link where you can upload your CV to receive a completely free list of recommendations on how you can improve your CV to be in with a better chance of landing an interview.
  • Job hunting support – we work with a nationwide recruitment company who will help you find your dream job.
  • An employability guide – developed to help you understand the skills employers are looking for from their current workforce and when recruiting. This is to help you prepare for an interview and is usually available exclusively for OSC students, however for a limited time only we’re offering this as free help and advice for everyone. Download the guide here.
  • Career guides – available for free here, where you can find out everything you need to know about certain career paths in case you’re thinking of a change of career but you’re not sure where to begin.

As soon as you enrol with Open Study College you’ll be able to take advantage of all of these benefits and more to help you kickstart your career. 


Supporting your mental health

We want to do all we can to support people in as many different ways possible. 2020 was a difficult time for us all, and despite us ringing in a new year, the pandemic continues.

We’re offering mental health support and guidance as part of The Big Help Out as we know COVID-19 has impacted people’s mental health as much as it has physical health. So it is with thanks to Mind we have two e-booklets available to you to download for free which we hope can be of help to you, your friends or your families.

  • How to be mentally healthy at work
  •  The Mind guide to seeking help for a mental health problem

Click here to provide your details and you will be sent both guides via email immediately.

We also have a number of articles on our website that may help you, particularly if you’re currently studying:

If you’re struggling, please speak to someone, whether it’s a friend, a family member, your GP or a charity such as Mind.


Has your career been turned upside down following the events of the last 12 months? Our scholarship scheme was developed specifically to help those people who have had their career halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scholarship programme is open to anyone who has been furloughed or made redundant because of the pandemic – regardless of current level of education, age or subject you’re interested in.

The scheme includes both full and part-funded scholarships and all submissions are subject to a robust application process including a 2-stage judging panel.

To submit your interest, complete your details here and a member of our scholarships team will give you a call to discuss your application.

Support for businesses

We understand that businesses have had to make difficult decisions and continue to do so. That’s why we want to support businesses and the individuals affected by furlough or redundancy as a result of COVID-19.

We’ve supported a number of companies with their redundancy packages, enabling them to offer courses as part of an enhanced redundancy package which can help employees with future employment and improved job prospects.

Our courses can also be used to help you upskill your remaining workforce.

Business partnerships benefit from volume discounts for multiple enrolments (5+) and we can get affected staff set up within 24 hours.

For more information, contact Robbie Bryant, who can discuss your requirements to create a tailored package for your business on robbie.bryant@openstudycollege.com

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