New competitive pilot to allocate a portion of SAC levels 3 and 4 funding

9 June 2016

As a part of the 2016 investment round, we are going to pilot a new competitive process to allocate up to $35 million of Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding at levels 3 and 4 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

This pilot builds on the success of the previous competitive processes for SAC funded provision at levels 1 and 2 on the NZQF.  It was also signalled as one of the Investment Approach “quick win” initiatives in the Plan Guidance document (released November 2015).

Primary sector focus

The competitive pilot will focus on agriculture, horticulture and viticulture education provision (identified using New Zealand Standard Classification of Education (NZSCED) narrow fields 0501 and 0503).  These are areas of national importance and recent changes within primary sector education provision have created an opportunity for the TEC to strengthen the quality and delivery of agriculture, horticulture and viticulture education provision at sub-degree level.    

The competitive process will enable the TEC to direct investment towards higher quality delivery that focuses on the skills required by employers in the primary sector and provides strong pathways for learners into skilled employment or further study at a higher level.

The primary sector focus for the competitive pilot aligns with the work being undertaken through the TEC’s primary industry investment strategy, another one of our Investment Approach initiatives.

Next steps and more information

Keep an eye on our website for more information about the SAC levels 3 and 4 competitive pilot. You can also contact the Sector Helpdesk on 0800 601 301 or your Investment Manager, or email

A primary industry workshop is scheduled for 14 June 2016, in Wellington, where there will be a short presentation about the SAC levels 3 and 4 competitive pilot. 

If you believe you are eligible to apply for funding through the SAC levels 3 and 4 competitive pilot and are interested in attending the workshop, please contact your Investment Manager.

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