TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund

TEO eligibility

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TEO eligibility

To be eligible to receive Workplace Literacy and Numeracy funding, a tertiary education organisation (TEO) must be:

  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a private training establishment (PTE)
  • a wānanga
  • a university
  • a state or state-integrated school.

When working with a named employer, TEOs may deliver WLN to employees who are not directly employed by that named employer (such as for temporary staff working for the employer for a medium- or long-term period).

TEOs that receive TEO-led WLN funding must ensure they meet and continue to meet the above eligibility criteria for the duration of the funding period. See Condition WLN002.

A TEO providing TEO-led WLN programmes should also:

  • demonstrate a history of successfully engaging with employers
  • demonstrate a commitment to achieving literacy and numeracy outcomes for employees. This includes having staff with appropriate qualifications and experience in teaching literacy and numeracy to adults in a workplace setting, participating in appropriate professional development, and building internal capability to deliver high quality literacy and numeracy provision
  • demonstrate a high standard of performance against previous literacy and numeracy commitments in the workplace
  • deliver literacy and numeracy programmes to employees in named companies, and
  • have an approved Investment Plan.

From 2016, eligible employers and TEOs can use WLN funding to support a specific workplace for more than two years.

Self-referred learners

A TEO that receives TEO-led WLN funding must also ensure that programmes of study delivered to self-referred employees are tailored to each learner's literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, needs in their workplace environment, and delivered:

  • on an individual (one-to-one) basis, or
  • if delivered in a group setting, to a group of no more than six WLN learners.

See Condition WLN015.

Quality assurance

A TEO that receives TEO-led WLN funding must continue to be quality assured by:

  • the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) if the TEO is an ITP, PTE,  or wānanga, or
  • the New Zealand Vice Chancellors' Committee (Universities New Zealand) if the TEO is a university
  • the Education Review Office if the TEO is a state or state-integrated school.

See Condition WLN003.

Programme eligibility

TEOs that receive TEO-led WLN funding must ensure that any programme of study funded through the WLN fund:

  • provides literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy study or workplace training that is specific, rather than embedded within the programme
  • contributes to the Government’s priority for literacy and numeracy skill development, as set out in the Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019
  • provides high quality literacy and numeracy learning that represents value for money
  • is effective and innovative in improving each learner’s workplace literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy skills, to meaningfully engage in the workplace and New Zealand society
  • is able to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual learner
  • has adequate processes for reporting on each learner’s progress in improving literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy skills and
  • is provided by a tutor who holds an appropriate qualification (such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace).

An appropriately qualified and experienced educator is a person who:

  • has a specific qualification relating to teaching adults literacy and numeracy (such as the National Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace), and
  • has experience in teaching literacy and numeracy.

In addition, it is expected that the tuition is provided to each learner face to face.

A TEO that is an employer or a TEO that works with a specific employer, must ensure that a programme of study or workplace training in which an eligible learner is enrolled in continues to be a programme of study or training that:

  • provides high quality literacy and numeracy learning that is tailored to the needs of the workplace
  • contributes to the development of sustainable employee literacy and numeracy practices within the workplace
  • has targeted literacy and numeracy outcomes that reflect the priorities and needs of the workplace and
  • has the support of the employer’s senior management.

See Condition WLN005.

TEOs that receive WLN funding should also demonstrate that their programmes will:

  • improve the literacy and numeracy skills of employees in named companies

  • provide a structured programme of workplace literacy and numeracy for an average of 40 contact hours per learner
  • complete a workplace literacy and numeracy analysis for each business

  • develop a customised and structured literacy and numeracy learning programme
  • maintain auditable records of employee participation and learning gain

  • agree explicit business outcomes linked to the programme with each business, and report progress to the business on these which the TEC may audit
  • work with individual employees for a maximum funded contract period of one year, and

  • ensure the business has sufficient commitment and expertise, where viable, to continue contributing to raising employees' literacy and numeracy skills at the conclusion of the programme after the TEO exits.

All programmes must use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool to identify employees' literacy and numeracy needs and measure gain. See Condition WLN010.

WLN funded provision is fees-free for eligible learners, as required by Condition WLN006.  

Learner eligibility

To be eligible to participate in workplace training funded through the WLN fund, a learner must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • have low skill levels of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy
  • be in the paid workforce, and
  • not be:
    • enrolled as a full-time student at a TEO, or
    • accessing literacy, numeracy or literacy and numeracy provision at another TEO or workplace.

TEOs must ensure that each learner meets and continues to meet these eligibility criteria. TEOs see Condition WLN004.

Learners enrolled in WLN programmes will have a low skill level in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy. This ensures that provision is targeted at those in most need and supports greater learner development.

 

Definition of low skill level in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy

For the purposes of this condition, a learner has a low skill level in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy:

a) if the learner has fewer than 80 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), or

b) if the learner has more than 80 credits on the NZQF, the learner has fewer than 12 credits in literacy and/or numeracy in unit standards and/or achievement standards, or

c) if the learner is assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool and presents at Step 3 or below on the Learning Progressions for reading, and/or Step 4 or below on the Learning Progressions for numeracy.

Verification of identity and eligibility

TEOs must verify the identity of each learner enrolled in a Workplace Literacy funded programme using one of the methods set out below. We recommend that TEOs also use this information to verify learner eligibility.  

The TEO must verify the identity of each learner enrolled in a WLN programme of study or training by doing one or more of the following:

  • confirming that all data fields match the learner’s NSN or
  • receiving an assertion through the Department of Internal Affairs’ RealMe® online identity verification service or
  • sighting the original or certified copy of a current passport or
  • sighting the original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:
    • a birth certificate or
    • a certificate of identity or
    • a New Zealand certificate of citizenship or
    • an expired passport that has not been cancelled or
    • a current New Zealand driver's licence or
    • a current New Zealand firearms' licence.
  • if a learner is unable to obtain a birth certificate for the purposes of the above, contacting the TEC to confirm that a whakapapa statement signed by both the learner and a kaumātua is an acceptable evidence of identity. 

For the purposes of this condition a certified copy is a photocopy that has been endorsed as a true copy of the original. To be certified, the document must:

  • be certified by an official of the issuing authority or a person authorised by law in New Zealand to certify documents, such as a Justice of the Peace, a lawyer, or a court official (Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar), and
  • have the signature of the person certifying on each page, with the name and title of the person shown clearly below his or her signature.
  • Last changed: 6 April 2016
  • Last verified: 6 April 2016