Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in joining Learning and Work Institute.

We are at the cutting edge of debates on meeting the skills needs of the future, helping people adapt to the changing world of work, and ensuring as many people as possible benefit from learning.

This year marks our centenary: we have a proud history and bright future. Our work covers the full span of learning, skills and employment policy and delivery. It ranges across analysis, research, policy, development, evaluation and innovation. Our focus is on having an impact and punching above our weight.

The role of Director of Policy and Research is a key one in the senior leadership of our institute, responsible for leading a team of around thirty experts in research, analysis and policy development in these fields, generating over £2 million in programme income, and achieving a significant impact in policy and practice.

The role will involve working with senior colleagues and the Board to set the agenda for our work, as well as leading the R&D team to achieve positive impacts through our work. As a senior member of the L&W leadership team, you will also play a key role in shaping the direction of the organisation, working closely with the chief executive and the Board.

You will be a credible and influential voice on learning, skills and employment with local and national government, funders, media and wider stakeholders.

You will work with senior colleagues to lead and develop the team, support our team to achieve their potential, and identify opportunities for us to grow our impact.

The role of Head of Evaluation is also a key role within our institute, with responsibility for designing and delivering rigorous research and evaluation projects across learning, skills and employment.

The role involves leading the design, development and dissemination of high-quality evaluations and evidence reviews; managing budgets and resources; working effectively with team members, partners, funders and other stakeholders, and ensuring that our work makes an impact on policy and practice.

Ideally you would bring an in-depth knowledge and experience of a range of analytical and evaluation techniques, a successful track record of delivering projects, building networks and an interest in the policy context for learning, skills and employment.

You would also bring excellent networking skills with experience of building strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including politicians and policymakers to make sure we maximise our impact and make a difference.

As key members of the team, you will be joining the Institute at a positive time when the issues of learning, skills and employment have never been more relevant.

For an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Hilda Gjika or Enfys Evans. Contact details are available in this microsite.

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive

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