1. This condition applies to funding for fees-free tertiary places for eligible domestic students aged 16 to 19 years (inclusive) who are studying towards either the National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 1 and 2 aligned to the Vocational Pathways or a qualification at Level 1, 2 or 3 on the NZQF.
2. The TEC will allocate additional Youth Guarantee funding up to the limits specified in paragraph 3 of this condition if:
a) the PTE has met, and continues to meet throughout the funding period, the minimum thresholds for organisational and educational performance for determining under which circumstances a PTE qualifies for additional funding, as described below; and
b) the minimum number of EFTS that the PTE is approved to deliver in 2016 is 20 EFTS for non-trades provision or 15 EFTS for trades provision; and
c) the value of provision measured in dollars that is specified in the TEO’s funding approval is less than the value of provision measured in dollars actually delivered by the TEO.
3. Subject to paragraph 4, the limits for additional funding are the greater of:
a) 2% of the TEO’s approved funding allocation; or
b) an additional 10 equivalent full-time students (EFTS).
4. The TEC may allocate funding above the limits set out in paragraph 3 if the TEC has, in its absolute discretion, assessed that there is sufficient Youth Guarantee funding available under the Youth Guarantee funding mechanism to do so.
Minimum thresholds for organisational performance
A. PTEs must have an NZQA External Evaluation and Review (EER) rating of “Highly Confident” (Category 1) or “Confident” (Category 2).
B. If a PTE is established in 2015 or 2016 as the result of a merger of two or more TEOs, if the merged organisations each had EER rating of 1 or 2, TEC will accept those ratings as meeting the minimum threshold.
C. If, at the date of this letter or during the funding period, a TEO does not have an EER rating, the TEC will not make any decisions as to the whether the PTE has met the minimum thresholds until the EER rating, if any, is known.
D. If, at the date of this letter or during the funding period, a PTE is disputing its EER rating, the TEC will not make any decisions as to the whether the PTE has met the minimum thresholds until the dispute is resolved.
E. If a PTE becomes the subject of a TEC investigation in 2016, the TEC will not make any decisions as to the whether the PTE has met the minimum thresholds for organisational performance until the outcome of the investigation is known.
Minimum threshold for educational performance
The minimum threshold for educational performance is an average course completion rate of 55% or higher.