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To be eligible to receive Refugee English funding, a tertiary education organisation (TEO) must be experienced in educating refugees and must be one of the following:
- a university
- an institute of technology or polytechnic (ITP)
- a wānanga
- a private training establishment (PTE).
A TEO that receives funding also must:
TEOs that receive funding should:
- offer learners opportunities to staircase from their ESOL qualifications into vocational or degree-level provision. Providers that do not offer degree programmes themselves will need to demonstrate good linkages and seamless pathways to higher levels of education
- be able to produce evidence of the quality of their current ESOL programmes, including evidence of learner progression and outcomes
- have the capability to offer fees-free ESOL tuition to a minimum of 20 eligible learners.
To be eligible for funding, a Refugee English funded programme must:
- meet the criteria specified at paragraph 38 of the Determination of Design of Funding Mechanism: Student Achievement Component - Provision at Level 3 and above of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) (SAC funding mechanism)
- lead to the award of an ESOL certificate or diploma at level 3 or above on the NZQF.
Programmes funded from the Refugee English Fund must meet the criteria outlined in Condition REF005 and must not include:
- health and safety and/or regulatory compliance learning that has:
- a discrete, short training scheme or workplace training; or
- a training scheme or workplace training designed primarily to equip a participant with the skills and knowledge that he or she needs to carry out a given task or function in a manner that complies with a specific health and safety and/or regulatory compliance requirement
- learning that displaces the responsibility of an employer to provide the necessary training for the mitigation of health and safety, and regulatory compliance risks; or
- a qualification that contains learning about health and safety and/or regulatory compliance that will only lead to the completion of health and safety and/or regulatory compliance learning, rather than a whole qualification.
Programmes funded through the Refugee English Fund must be delivered at no cost (fees-free) to the learner (Condition REF006).
Programmes should also be taught by tutors who are appropriately qualified in ESOL delivery.
To be eligible to enrol in a programme funded through the Refugee English Fund, a learner must be:
- a New Zealand citizen or resident; or
- a refugee, a protected person, or person sponsored by a refugee or protected person.
For the avoidance of doubt, this includes the thirty Afghan interpreters who worked for the New Zealand-led Provincial Reconstruction team in Afghanistan and their dependants who were granted residency.
An individual learner is eligible to re-enrol in Refugee English funded programmes for up to three years in total (Condition REF011).
Verifying learner eligibility
TEOs must ensure that learners enrolled in Refugee English funded programmes are eligible (Condition REF004). The TEC recommends that TEOs use one of the following methods to confirm learner eligibility and verify learner identity.
Type of student
A New Zealand citizen
a TEO can:
a) confirm the student's citizenship status using the student’s NSN; or
b) receive an assertion through RealMe® that the student was born in New Zealand (prior to 2005); or
c) sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:
i) a New Zealand birth certificate; or
ii) a New Zealand passport; or
iii) a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or
d) if a student is unable to obtain a birth certificate for the purposes of (c)(i) above, contact the TEC to confirm that a whakapapa statement signed by both the student and a kaumātua is acceptable evidence of citizenship.
A New Zealand resident:
a TEO must sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:
a) a passport with a current returning residency class visa (a passport with a visa label); or
b) a passport, and letter or email, confirming current returning residency class visa (label-less visa, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate); or
c) a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand if the student is a refugee or protected person.
Note: To enquire about an individual student’s immigration status contact the Immigration Contact Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.