Working at Learning and Work Institute

We are an independent research and development organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We're focused on the big questions. How do we help more people find work and build careers in a changing jobs market? How do we help people to be active and engaged citizens? And how do we do all of this at a time of constrained public finances?

L&W is a Silver Investor in People award holder, committed to equal opportunities and staff development including support for formal qualifications when applicable. L&W prides itself on being a supportive and flexible employer. We recognise the importance of work-life balance for our staff and will consider flexible working arrangements.

We offer a range of benefits in addition to a competitive salary including: 25 days holiday (rising to 27 after 5 years’ service); 8 bank holidays and 6 grace days (including Christmas closure); a generous pension scheme with the Local Government Pension Scheme (with up to up to 16% employer contributions); season ticket loan and a range of family friendly, health and wellbeing benefits.

We are always very keen to hear from Welsh speaking applicants. Please do indicate on your application if you can speak Welsh.

Should you require any adjustments to participate in the recruitment process, please make this clear when you apply.


Current Vacancies

Research Managers 
Location: Leicester or London
Team: Research and Development
Permanent | Full time (Flexibility or part-time considered)
Deadline for applications: 12.00pm Monday 17 June

This is a key role within Learning and Work Institute’s research and development team, with responsibility for managing and delivering high-profile research and development work across learning, skills and employment. The role involves the design and development of projects; overseeing delivery of high-quality research; and ensuring that our work makes an impact on policy and practice.

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To apply, please complete the application form, privacy notice, equality and diversity monitoring form and submit them, together with a copy of your CV, to [email protected].


Join our new What Works Team

We are delighted to be establishing a new, high-profile What Works Team, that will bring together, share and support the use of evidence-based insights on ‘what works’ in employment and skills. Find out more about the various roles we are recruiting for below.

To find out more about our What Works Team, contact Naomi Clayton.

Head of Evidence
Location: London or Leicester
Permanent | Full time (Flexibility or part-time considered)
Deadline for applications: 12.00pm Monday 17 June

We have an exceptional opportunity for a new Head of Evidence with responsibility for leading and managing the generation and dissemination of high-quality evidence and knowledge. As Head of Evidence, you will work with the Deputy Director to establish and shape the unit, and ensure it has a lasting positive impact.

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To apply, please complete the application form, privacy notice, equality and diversity monitoring form and submit them, together with a copy of your CV, to [email protected].


Research Manager - Evidence and Analysis

Location: London or Leicester
Permanent | Full time (Flexibility or part-time considered)
Deadline for applications: 12.00pm Monday 17 June

As a Research Manager you will play an integral role in establishing an independent and world-class hub for evidence and advice on learning, skills and employment. You will have responsibility for managing and generating high-quality evidence and knowledge; managing budgets and resources; working effectively with stakeholders; and ensuring that our work makes an impact on policy and practice. The ideal candidate for this role will bring strong knowledge and experience of a range of analytical and evaluation techniques, a track record of delivering projects and an interest in the policy context for learning, skills and employment.

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To apply, please complete the application form, privacy notice, equality and diversity monitoring form and submit them, together with a copy of your CV, to [email protected].


Economic Researcher
Location: London or Leicester
Permanent | Full time (Flexibility or part-time considered)
Deadline for applications: 12.00pm Monday 17 June

As an Economic Researcher, you will be contributing to the design, development and dissemination of high-quality analysis and evidence reviews; interpreting often complex evidence in a way that is accessible to a wide range of audiences. The ideal candidate will bring strong knowledge and experience of a range of analytical and evaluation techniques and an interest in the policy context for learning, skills and employment.

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To apply, please complete the application form, privacy notice, equality and diversity monitoring form and submit them, together with a copy of your CV, to [email protected].


Join L&W’s Talent Pool today

Are you starting your career in research? Or looking for the next step in your career as a researcher, research manager or head of research? If so, we want to hear from you!

L&W is keen to build up a pool of talented individuals who have the experience and desire to work for us. Your CV and privacy notice will be kept on file and we will notify you of relevant upcoming vacancies.

L&W is a flexible and supportive employer. We are a Silver Investors in People Award holder committed to making L&W a great place to work. We are particularly interested in hearing from Welsh-speakers, care leavers and those interested in flexible working. If you would like the opportunity to know more about us and our team, please get in touch.

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In addition to a competitive salary, we offer 35 to 39 days’ holiday including bank holidays, grace days and Christmas closure. We also offer a generous pension with LGPS and staff benefits.

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Email your CV to [email protected], complete our Job Applicant Privacy Notice and let us know which job description best fits you.

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Join our Consultants register

We are always looking to engage with like-minded professionals to join our consultants register. To join the register, you will need a strong track record in learning, skills or employment, with excellent research or development skills.

To apply to L&W’s consultants register, please complete this short form or for further details, contact us at [email protected].

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