Stephen Evans

Chief Executive

Stephen Evans became Chief Executive in 2016 after two years as Deputy Chief Executive, where he was responsible for Learning and Work Institutes 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 extend 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. Stephen lives in London and has a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning, including completing a Masters degree while working full-time.



“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto
18th May 2017 by Stephen Evans

“To govern is to choose” – The Conservative Party Manifesto

To govern is to choose. There’s lots to welcome in the Conservative manifesto, including backing for our campaign for a successor to European structural funds. But we need more investment and reform for ordinary working families...Read more »

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto
16th May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Things can only get better? Labour’s 2017 manifesto

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute It’s great to see a focus on Further Education and skills in the Labour manifesto. But we need more radical ways to invest if we’re to tackle the...Read more »

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs
12th May 2017 by Stephen Evans

Time to choose: how the next government can boost learning, skills and jobs

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute This general election comes at a profound time for our country. Investing in learning and opportunity is essential for our prosperity and fairness in society. We’ve set out...Read more »

Article 50: Taking back control?
29th March 2017 by Stephen Evans

Article 50: Taking back control?

Today, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 – starting the two year countdown to the UK leaving the EU. Here’s three big questions we need to answer in that time:

28th June 2016 by Stephen Evans

Employment and skills after Brexit

Stephen Evans, Learning and Work deputy chief executive, takes a look at what the UK's decision to leave the European Union could mean for employment and skills.

21st March 2016 by Stephen Evans

Welfare cuts are not the same as welfare reform

Deputy CEO Stephen Evans blogs on the difference between welfare cuts and welfare reform, posing four key questions Stephen Crabb needs to answer

3rd March 2016 by Stephen Evans

The road to full employment

Learning and Work's deputy chief executive Stephen Evans responds toThe Resolution Foundation's new report on achieving full employment.

25th February 2016 by Stephen Evans

How we’re helping to boost living standards

The ongoing crunch in living standards, the rollout of Universal Credit, rise in in-work poverty. All of these make providing better support to tackle low pay more essential. Cities and providers across the country are starting...Read more »

9th February 2016 by Stephen Evans

Chance to change: the case (and plan) for prison reform

This week I attended the event where the Prime Minister gave a thoughtful speech of prison reform. There’s lots to welcome and more to do. Here’s five things you need to know about what he said....Read more »

20th January 2016 by Stephen Evans

The next frontiers of welfare reform

Frank Field was asked by Tony Blair in 1997 to think the unthinkable on welfare reform. Although a minister for just over a year (it turned out the unthinkable really was unthinkable), he has continued to...Read more »

Looking ahead – spending review 2015: outcomes for learning, skills and employment?
20th November 2015 by Stephen Evans

Looking ahead – spending review 2015: outcomes for learning, skills and employment?

This Wednesday’s Spending Review will set the framework for policy and debate for the next five years. We know it will include further cuts in public funding and that, with schools, health, defence and overseas aid...Read more »

24th April 2015 by Stephen Evans

Boosting careers will boost growth

Stephen Evans explores how the low-pay trap is impacting on economic growth and why a new Career Advancement Service is an urgent priority for the next Government.

14th April 2015 by Stephen Evans

The Conservative manifesto: jobs, skills and growth

In the next in our series of responses to the General Election manifestos, Stephen Evans, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, details why the Right to Train is just as important as the Right to Buy.

Let’s make the career ladder as important as the housing ladder
12th February 2015 by Stephen Evans

Let’s make the career ladder as important as the housing ladder

At the forthcoming General Election, political parties will compete to show they have the best plans to help people get on the housing ladder. NIACE argues support for people to climb the career ladder should be...Read more »