EPALE UK interview with Stephen Evans (Learning & Work Institute)
This video is from the series of interviews with Adult Education providers and professionals across the UK, that were conducted following the EPALE UK and the Learning & Work Institute's joint conference ‘Upskilling Pathways: implications for the adult learning workforce’.
Learning and Work Institute is an independent policy, research and development organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. They research what works, influence policy, develop new ways of thinking, and help implement new approaches. The work they do is aimed at securing positive change for individuals and communities to secure increased access to learning and skills and improved employability and career progression. Working with partners, Learning and Work Institute inspires people to learn and help transform people’s experiences of learning and employment.
Stephen Evans became Chief Executive in 2016 after two years as Deputy Chief Executive, where he was responsible for Learning and Work Institute's research and development work. He joined from Working Links, a leading provider for employment and skills services, where he led on policy, strategy and business development. Prior to this, he worked for the London Development Agency as Director of Employment and Skills, commissioning programmes and leading the work of the London Skills and Employment Board; was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation; and spent six years as Senior Policy Advisor in HM Treasury, leading on policy to cut child poverty, increase employment and boost productivity.
Since joining, Stephen has helped develop the organisation's new strategic plan and further extended its reach and impact. At the London Development Agency he introduced a new approach to commissioning programmes that led to more people finding work and improved value for money by more than one third. At the Treasury, he developed a number of policy packages across learning, skills and employment, and led work on the independent Leitch Review of Skills. Across roles, he has published a range of research and policy papers.