TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund

Who applies? ITPs, PTEs, Schools, Universities, Wānanga Fund focus: Learning focus, Literacy Language and Numeracy, Workplace training, Learner focus, Domestic students, Pacific students, Migrants, Refugees, Maori, Adults
Status: Ongoing Agreed through? Investment Plan (on Plan)

TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) funding is agreed through an Investment Plan.

Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) deliver WLN programmes:

  • to employees in named companies and
  • are structured to deliver an average of 40 hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition per learner over a 10–40 week period.

These pages relate to funding allocated through TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy. See Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy for information about the Employer-led strand.

WLN funding is intended to:

  • increase the literacy and numeracy skills of employees
  • contribute to workplace productivity through the provision and evaluation of literacy and numeracy learning in a workplace context.

This is achieved by:

  • providing literacy and numeracy programmes of study or training to employees
  • supporting workplaces to establish sustainable workplace literacy and numeracy programmes and practices.

Initiatives funded through WLN should support high-quality learning that is tailored to the needs of the workplace.

TEOs must use the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions to identify learners’ literacy, language and or numeracy need. An initial and a progress assessment must be completed using one of the following:

The Starting Points Assessment Guide and Vocabulary Assessment are designed for the assessment of learners not yet at the first steps on the Learning Progressions.



The Literacy and Numeracy provision funding mechanism is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for the TEC to allocate the funding. Allocating this fund helps support the achievement of government policy and the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES).

A TEO that receives WLN funding (TEO-led) is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989; and
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in the TEO's Investment Plan funding approval letter.


  • Last changed: 6 April 2016
  • Last verified: 6 April 2016