About private training establishments

In 2014 the Tertiary Education Commission funded 188 private training establishments (PTEs) through its Student Achievement Component fund.

The size and characteristics of PTEs vary. Smaller specialised PTEs may offer a single qualification for fewer than 20 equivalent full-time students (EFTS). The largest PTEs may offer a range of qualifications to over a thousand EFTS. For these reasons comparing PTEs may be difficult.

Government expectations of PTEs

The Government expects PTEs to:

  • work with employers to ensure provision meets employment and industry needs
  • get at-risk young people into a career or further education
  • enable Māori and Pasifika learners to progress from foundation level education to higher levels of learning
  • improve adult literacy and numeracy.

How enrolments influence performance

The nature of enrolments at a specific PTE will influence its performance as well as the quality of the provision. For example, part-time and extra-mural students often have work or family commitments and cannot devote as much time and energy to their studies. They may also have different study goals.

Priority groups

The Tertiary Education Strategy sets high expectations for TEO performance and prioritises an outcomes focus especially for industry, Māori and Pasifika learners and at risk young people.

The following tables show how those groups performed in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 compared to all students at PTEs.

 

Table 1: 2014 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the PTE sector
2014
SAC
EFTS
delivered
Successful
completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

26,767

84%

83%

32%

67%

Māori

7,661

79%

74%

32%

64%

Pasifika

4,639

80%

78%

38%

63%

Under 25

 14,228

84%

83%

36%

72%

Table 2: 2014 educational performance for youth guarantee-funded students in the PTE sector
2014
YG
EFTS
delivered
Successful
completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

6,670

63%

57%

39%

56%

Māori

3,262

60%

52%

40%

53%

Pasifika

1,446

66%

58%

39%

59%

Under 25

 6,670

63%

57%

39%

56%

Table 3: 2013 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the PTE sector

2013
SAC
EFTS
delivered
Successful
completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

27,889

83%

79%

28%

67%

Māori

7,908

78%

74%

27%

62%

Pasifika

4,907

78%

75%

36%

65%

Under 25

 15,042

83%

75%

33%

73%

Table 4: 2013 educational performance for Youth Guarantee-funded students in the PTE sector
2013
YG
EFTS
delivered
Successful completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Overall 5,196 57% 49%
Māori 2,472 54% 45%
Pasifika 1,050 64% 54%
Table 5: 2012 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the PTE sector

2012
SAC

EFTS
delivered
Successful completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

27,441

81%

83%

27%

66%

Māori

7,590

75%

74%

29%

59%

Pasifika

4,555

79%

75%

33%

70%

Under 25

 14,580

83%

80%

32%

73%

Table 6: 2011 educational performance for Student Achievement Component-funded students in the PTE sector
2011
SAC
EFTS
delivered
Successful completion
of courses
Completion
of qualifications
Student progression
levels 1-4
Student
retention
Overall

28,461

81%

79%

28%

63%

Māori

8,055

74%

67%

28%

56%

Pasifika

4,499

80%

73%

32%

66%

Under 25

14,257

82%

78%

33%

70%

Note: Qualification completion rates can be affected by increases or decreases in enrolments which can result in variability in the reported performance between years.
  • Last changed: 4 August 2015
  • Last verified: 4 August 2015