Shane Chowen

Head of Policy and Public Affairs



Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap
7 September 2017 by Shane Chowen

Time to tackle burning injustice of disability employment gap

With an employment rate gap of 30 percentage points, much higher than in other countries, it’s time for Government and employers to come together to make the labour market work for people with disabilities and health...Read more »

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships
26 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

New resources supporting public sector apprenticeships

Top tips and case studies to help public sector organisations plan and develop their apprenticeship programmes have been launched by Learning and Work Institute. Supported by the Department for Education, the resources provide valuable information for...Read more »

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone
11 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Good work, with training and progression, should be the norm for everyone

Responding to the publication of Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:  “I support the call of Matthew Taylor and his team for all work to...Read more »

Increasing work placements in technical education
6 July 2017 by Shane Chowen

Increasing work placements in technical education

Learning and Work Institute has welcomed the £50 million investment announced today by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, to fund high quality work placements for students on technical education programmes from April 2018. Alongside today’s announcement,...Read more »

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay
28 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Tackling low pay, tackling the causes of low pay

Learning and Work Institute is today calling for robust measures to strengthen people’s ability to move up the career ladder, in response the Social Mobility Commission’s damning verdict on social mobility policies over the last two...Read more »

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors
16 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Royal Honours for L&W Learning Ambassadors

Learning and Work Institute is delighted to congratulate two of its Learning Ambassadors who have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Amanda Scales, from Brighton, and Frank Harris, from London, have each been awarded the...Read more »

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone
7 June 2017 by Shane Chowen

Lifelong learning campaign reaches 25 year milestone

Learning and Work Institute is today marking the 25th anniversary of Festival of Learning, England’s biggest celebration of adult education and lifelong learning. Founded in 1992, Adult Learners’ Week, and now Festival of Learning, promotes the...Read more »

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work
24 May 2017 by Shane Chowen

New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work

A new website to help care leavers make informed decisions about education and work has been launched by Learning and Work Institute today. Supported by the Department for Education, Skills Support for Care Leavers aims to help...Read more »

Lords debate literacy in the workforce
26 April 2017 by Shane Chowen

Lords debate literacy in the workforce

Labour peer Baroness Rebuck asked the Government what they were doing to improve standards of literacy in the workforce in a short debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday 25 April 2017. In his opening...Read more »

8 March 2017 by Shane Chowen

Budget 2017: FE Maintenance Loans

The Spring Budget announced new investment for maintenance loans for students on technical education courses at levels 4-6. The idea behind this is to support those students with living costs and provide some parity with the student...Read more »

27 January 2017 by Shane Chowen

What the IfA will lose without an apprentice on the board

According to the Department for Education, the function of the Institute for Apprenticeships is to: improve the quality of apprenticeships regulate the quality of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans provide advice to government on the pricing...Read more »

25 October 2016 by Shane Chowen

Digital ambition realised? Not quite yet…

Learning and Work Institute's Head of Public Affairs blogs about the legislation being moved today which will enable adults to access free basic digital skills training. 

14 January 2016 by Shane Chowen

HE grants shift could hurt mature students and deserves full debate

This morning, a small group of MPs forming a committee you've probably never heard of will vote through regulations which deliver some of the changes to higher education student finance.

26 April 2015 by Shane Chowen

The time is right for an Apprentice Charter

Continuing our series of blogs discussing the ten policies we would like the next Government to introduce in its first 100 days, Shane Chowen makes a powerful case for an Apprentice Charter.