NIACE appoints new Head of Employment and Skills

3 August 2015

Toni Pearce, outgoing President of the National Union of Students, joins NIACE today as its new Head of Employment and Skills.
Toni will play a key role in NIACEs efforts to champion employment, skills and learning for all, with a particular focus on expanding the number of high quality Apprenticeships supporting the Government’s target of 3 million by 2020, and supporting those in low-paid work through the development of a Career Advancement Service.
Stephen Evans, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Toni to NIACE. She will lead crucial work to expand access to high quality Apprenticeships and boost social mobility by providing new forms of support for people in low paid work to progress. These are top Government objectives for the next five years and the learning, employment and skills sectors are crucial to their delivery. I know Toni will make a real difference in making this a reality.”
In anticipation of her new role, Toni said:

“I’m really excited to be joining NIACE, an organisation which does such important work in supporting people of all ages into and through education, and continues to campaign for the right for all people to have access to great quality and fulfilling education and employment. The Further Education sector has a more important role than ever, and I can’t wait to work with learners, providers and employers to help make education, employment and apprenticeships work better for everyone.”

Toni was elected President of Cornwall College Students’ Union in 2009, NUS Vice-President (Further Education) in 2011 and then President in 2013, becoming the first president in their 92 year history not to have studied at university. During her time at the NUS, Toni oversaw the establishment of the National Society of Apprentices and was active in the development of 24+ loans policy. Her campaigning activity focused on women’s rights in education and politics, the engagement of young people in democracy and better employment prospects for students and graduates – all of which she is keen to continue to pursue while at NIACE.