Current members National Learning and Work Institute

National Learning and Work Institute

National Learning and Work Institute (L&W)


twitter: @LearnWorkUK


Learning and Work Institute is an independent policy, research and development organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We research what works, influence policy, develop new ways of thinking, and help implement new approaches.

Working with partners, we inspire people to learn and help transform people’s experiences of learning and employment. What we do benefits individuals, families, communities and the wider economy.

We want everyone to have an opportunity to realise their ambitions and potential in learning, work and throughout life. We believe a better skilled workforce, in better paid jobs, is good for business, good for the economy, and good for society. We want learning and work to count.

Our vision is for a prosperous and fair society in which learning and work provide opportunities for everyone to realise their potential and ambitions throughout life.

Our priority areas are: lifelong learning; employment and social security; essential and life skills; pay, progression and job security; apprenticeships and technical education; social justice and inclusion.

National / international impact

In addition to high-profile research, development and evaluation work, L&W runs high profile campaigns, to raise the demand for learning and skills and to celebrate outstanding learning achievements. Festival of Learning (Adult Learners’ Week in Wales) is the UK’s largest and longest running festival of learning with the aim of promoting adult learning in all its diversity.

L&W is an active member of the European Association for the Education of Adults, for whom Alex Stevenson currently sits on the Executive Board. L&W is a member of the International Council of Adult Education and works with other relevant international bodies.

L&W is the designated UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, until December 2021.