Adult education body Niace has appointed Toni Pearce, outgoing president of the National Union of Students, as its new head of employment and skills, it was announced today.
The former Cornwall College student, who was the first NUS president in 92 years not to have attended university, will have a particular focus on expanding apprenticeships and supporting low-paid employees through the development of a new Career Advancement Service.
During her time at the NUS, Ms Pearce oversaw the establishment of the National Society of Apprentices and was actively involved in the development of the 24+ loans policy.
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."
Ms Pearce said she was excited to join Niace.
“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," she added.