NIACE appoints Toni Pearce as new Head of Employment and Skills

4 August 2015

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has appointed the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) Toni Pearce as its new head of employment and skills.

Toni, who was President of Cornwall College Students’ Union in 2009, NUS Vice-President (Further Education) in 2011 and later President in 2013, became the first president in 92 years to have not studied at university.

During her time at the NUS, she 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 intends to continue to pursue while at NIACE.

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 response Ms Pearce 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.”