Research about younger learners

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Last updated 3 November 2016
Last updated 11/03/2016

From time to time, we commission research into the impacts and success of our funding programmes that support young people to transition to tertiary education – Youth Guarantee, Trades Academies and Gateway.

Four research reports are summarised here. The research includes:

  • the implications of more younger learners in tertiary education
  • what factors contribute to achievement by NEETS (those not in employment, education, or training) learners in Youth Guarantee
  • what barriers may affect progression for Youth Guarantee learners
  • the use of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies.

Read TEC's research summary for young learners:

Boosting outcomes for young learners in tertiary education: 2015 research findings (PDF, 268 Kb)

Younger students in institutes of technology undertaking Youth Guarantee programmes

This report identifies the learning needs of secondary school students in a tertiary adult learning environment and highlights areas for attention when tertiary lecturers teach younger students.

Younger students in institutes of technology undertaking Youth Guarantee programmes (PDF, 807 Kb)

Reviewing and analysing education services to NEETS (young people not in education, employment, or training)

This research identifies the institutional, sector-wide and other factors that contribute to achievement by former NEETS (those younger learners not in employment, education or training) in Youth Guarantee fees-free places.

Youth Guarantee fees-free scheme – a research study (PDF, 514 Kb)

Study of the progression of young people enrolled in Youth Guarantee

This summer study of young people in Youth Guarantee fees-free courses in 2014 examines the barriers to progressing on to higher levels of study, training or employment. The report found that tertiary providers could do more to encourage pathways and support learners into further training, education or work.

A summer study of young people enrolled in Youth Guarantee fees-free courses in 2014 (PDF, 349 Kb)

Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies and secondary-tertiary providers

This research identifies effective approaches in the use of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academy programmes.

The implementation of Pathways Awarua in Trades Academies (Word, 4.3 Mb)