SAC levels 3 and 4 (competitive) pilot

Who applies? ITPs, PTEs, Universities, Wānanga Fund focus: Domestic students
Status: Ongoing Agreed through? Investment Plan (on Plan)

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

As a part of the 2016 investment round, we are piloting 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).  

The pilot builds on the success of the previous competitive processes for SAC-funded provision at levels 1 and 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).  It was also signalled as one of the Investment Approach “quick win” initiatives in the 2017 and 2018 Plan Guidance (released November 2015).

The aim of the pilot is to:

  • direct investment towards higher quality delivery of provision in these areas
  • increase responsiveness to industry needs in the primary sector
  • improve outcomes for learners (better stair-casing and clearer pathways into higher levels or into employment)
  • provide greater certainty that they reflect the costs of delivery at levels 3 and 4.   

Primary sector focus

The new 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 areas have been identified as 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 provide strong pathways for learners into skilled employment or further study at a higher level.

How to apply

Applications closed at 5.00 pm, Wednesday 24 August 2016.

We expect to advise applicants of the outcome of the competitive pilot in October 2016.

TEOs that receive an indicative allocation will have their funding confirmed later in the year through a funding letter.

Questions

If you have any questions about SAC levels 3 and 4 competitive pilot please email SAC3-4Competitivepilot@tec.govt.nz.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to receive funding through the new SAC 3 and 4 competitive pilot, a TEO must:

  1. be a university, institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP), wānanga, or a private training establishment (PTE) and
  2. have been funded by the TEC for Youth Guarantee or SAC provision in 2015 (at any NZQF level and doesn’t have to be in agriculture, horticulture or viticulture) and
  3. have New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) (or Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP)) programme approval and
  4. have an NZQA external evaluation and review (EER) rating of 1 or 2.

A TEO that has not yet had an EER is eligible.

In addition, PTEs funded must meet the TEC's prudential financial standards for PTEs. 

Performance information available in Workspace 2

We have uploaded TEC-held performance information in Workspace 2 for TEOs who currently deliver SAC-funded qualifications within agriculture, horticulture and viticulture (as identified by NZSCED narrow fields 0501 and 0503) at levels 3 and 4. 

Performance information in TEO Workspaces

TEOs currently delivering SAC-funded provision in the pilot focus areas will receive:

  • 2015 Māori and Pasifika participation rates
  • 2014 and 2015 course completion rates (also by qualification)
  • 2014 and 2015 retention rates
  • 2014 and 2015 progression rates (also by qualification)
  • 2013 to 2015 progression to industry training (new).

The new report on progression to industry training shows the number of learners that were enrolled in SAC-funded provision (at levels 3 and 4 in NZSCED 0501 and 0503) and progressed to industry training at the same or higher level from (ANZIC level 2 classification A01).

TEOs who wish to apply for funding through the pilot but do not currently deliver SAC levels 3 and 4 in the pilot focus areas may request their performance information be uploaded by emailing SAC3-4Competitivepilot@tec.govt.nz

What performance information will be considered within the assessment process?

In the first instance preference will be given to SAC levels 3 and 4 performance information for provision within the NZSCED narrow fields 0501 and 0503 where this is available for 2014 and 2015. 

If a TEO did not receive SAC funding at levels 3 and 4 within those NZSCED areas, then the TEC will consider performance information for SAC at levels 3 and 4 in any subject area. If the TEO did not receive any SAC funding at levels 3 and 4, then the TEC will consider performance information for SAC-funded provision at any level and Youth Guarantee provision.   

Questions about performance information

If you have any questions about the performance information loaded into your Workspace, please contact our Sector Helpdesk on 0800 601 301 or your Investment Manager.

More information

For more information about the competitive process, refer to: 

Application documents

 

 

  • Last changed: 9 September 2016
  • Last verified: 9 September 2016