DualPathways Pilot

DualPathways Pilot

Last updated 1 November 2016
Last updated 11/01/2016

The DualPathways Pilot is a partnership between schools, tertiary institutions and employers/industry organisations. DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training. 

Who applies:  ITPs, PTEs, universities, wānanga

Agreed through:  Investment Plan (on Plan)

In 2016, we launched a new pilot called DualPathways to allocate a portion of Youth Guarantee funding to support secondary-tertiary transitions.

Funding for the DualPathways Pilot will support tertiary education providers and secondary schools to work in collaboration and partnership with employers/industries. This will allow the development of innovative pathways to successfully prepare and transition students from the world of education into the world of work.

Up to 1200 student places will be made available through the DualPathways Pilot in 2017. This builds on the 370 (approximately) student places funded in 2015 and 2016 through the current STP Pilot.

Overview

Tertiary education providers who are interested can submit funding applications to take part in the DualPathways Pilot for 2017. See How to apply.

DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training.

There are two key differences from existing secondary–tertiary programmes:

  • Firstly, the DualPathways pilot introduces a success payment of $4,000 per DualPathways pilot student. This is for when a student leaves the pilot to go into sustainable full-time work and continues to complete their programme, or complete a qualification at the same or higher level. (Full-time employment is a minimum of 30 hours per week). The success payment will be made in two equal instalments and split 50/50 between the tertiary education provider and the school (specific conditions apply, see success payment below).
  • Secondly, the DualPathways Pilot includes fees-free Level 2 and 3 provision.

Approximately 1,200 student places will be made available through the DualPathways Pilot in 2017.

One student place equals a maximum of 0.35 Equivalent Full Time Student (EFTS) to ensure that students are still doing most of their learning at school.

 

What is the aim of the DualPathways initiative?

The DualPathways Pilot is a partnership between schools, tertiary institutions and employers/industry organisations. DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training.

The aim of the DualPathways pilot is to support students to gain NCEA Level 2 and 3, or equivalent, and help them move into work and/or higher-level education. To achieve this, the pilot:

  • targets students who would benefit from vocationally-focussed tertiary education opportunities, and who are not planning to enter university to continue their education
  • provides fees-free Level 2 and 3 provision (NCEA Level 2 and 3, or equivalent)
  • offers pastoral care/coordination payments and transport payments (paid to the tertiary education provider)
  • requires tertiary education providers to form partnerships and collaborate with secondary schools
  • supports tertiary education providers and schools to collaborate with employers and industry
  • takes into account identified regional and/or national skill needs
  • introduces a “success” payment of $4,000, to be shared 50/50 between the tertiary education provider and the school (specific conditions apply, see Success payment)
  • enables an industry training organisations to participate through partnership with a tertiary education organisation (TEO).

The DualPathways pilot builds on feedback we have received over the past year from schools and tertiary education providers. We have been told that further support is needed in providing relevant programmes for students at Level 3. There is also a growing need to support progression to further study at Level 4 or above, particularly for students not planning on going to university.  

What does a DualPathways programme look like?

A DualPathways Pilot programme must be a coherent full-time programme consisting of tertiary and secondary elements. It may also include appropriate work experience where this forms part of either the secondary or tertiary component of the programme.

A DualPathways programme at Level 2 must:

  • support students to achieve NCEA Level 2, or an equivalent qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), for example a New Zealand Certificate that meets industry needs
  • include literacy or numeracy requirements for the NCEA
  • include a Vocational Pathways Award if students are working towards NCEA Level 2
  • have integrated programme delivery so that what is studied at school is linked to what is studied in the tertiary setting and vice versa.

A DualPathways programme at Level 3 must:

  • support students to achieve NCEA Level 3

and/or

  • support students to work towards a qualification on the NZQF at Level 3 or above, for example a New Zealand Certificate that meets industry needs

and

  • include any literacy or numeracy requirements at Level 3
  • have integrated programme delivery so that what is studied at school is linked to what is studied in the tertiary setting and vice versa.

Schools must meet the expectations of the National Education Guidelines and the New Zealand Curriculum.

Tertiary education providers must:

  • provide programmes towards qualifications on the NZQF
  • provide information to the students about the subsequent requirements to attain the qualification.

If the programme is standards-based, the standards can contribute to NCEA Level 2 or NCEA Level 3. If the programme is not standards-based, the tertiary education provider could use recognition of prior learning to enable non-standards-based programmes to contribute to the NCEA.

Fees-free provision for students at Level 2 and 3

The Pilot is fees-free for eligible students at Level 2 and/or Level 3. Tertiary education providers will not be able to charge tuition fees or compulsory course costs for this provision.

Fees-free funding for course costs will be based on Youth Guarantee trades and non-trades funding rates.

Pastoral care/co-ordination payments and transport payments

Tertiary education providers will be able to access pastoral care and transport payments for enrolled students.

The pastoral care payment will be $500 per 0.35 EFTS (pro-rated in-line with maximum EFTS utilisation for each student), and a transport payment of $400 per 0.35 EFTS (also pro-rated in-line with maximum EFTS utilisation for each student).

While pastoral care/co-ordination and transport payments will be made to the tertiary education provider, there is an expectation that the tertiary education provider will share those payments equitably with schools in the partnership, based on the division of duties agreed by the partners.  

The tertiary education provider can also use this funding to support forming partnerships with industry/employers. The TEC has discretion to vary the level of pastoral care/co-ordination payment and transport payment payable where a tertiary provider is receiving additional funding from another government source to support a STP (for example the Engineering Education 2 Employment fund).

Success payment

We are also offering a success payment of $4,000 per student that will be spilt 50/50 between the tertiary education provider and the school. The success payment will be made if the student leaves the DualPathways Pilot part way through the pilot to go into sustainable full-time work, and continues to complete their programme or a qualification at the same or higher level.

We will make the success payment in two equal instalments, when the following outcomes are met.

The first instalment will be payable when the student leaves the DualPathways Pilot to go into sustainable full-time work, and a process has been agreed between the parties for the student to continue their education (for example, on-line learning or block courses).

The second instalment will be payable six months later, if the learner is still employed by the same employer or in the same work field (for example, building and construction) and learning has progressed and further credits have been achieved.

The success payment is to lessen incentives for the tertiary education provider to keep a student in the DualPathways Pilot if a sustainable full-time work opportunity arises, and increase the incentive to form strong links with employers/industry.

Sufficient evidence will need to be provided to the TEC to verify these outcomes have been achieved in order to receive the success payment. The TEC will provide additional information at a later date around the process for the receipt of the success payment.

How to apply

To apply for funding you need to complete the DualPathways Pilot application form below.

The Request for Funding Applications document provides details of how to complete the application form.

Applications must be submitted by email to: DualPathways.Pilot@education.govt.nz by 5.00 pm Monday 10 October 2016.

Please enter “DualPathways Pilot Application” in the email subject line.

Your application must be submitted as a scanned pdf document. Applications must not be mailed or faxed. Please do not send your application, or any part of it, directly to any Ministry of Education or TEC staff member.

We will acknowledge receipt of applications and any withdrawal of applications (via email) within one day of the closing date and time. If you do not receive an acknowledgement from us, it is your responsibility to follow this up.

Who is eligible to apply

Funding for the DualPathways Pilot is limited to a tertiary education provider which is currently funded through Youth Guarantee, or provided SAC Level 1 to 3 (directly or via sub-contracting arrangements) in 2015. These can include:

  • institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs)
  • wānanga
  • private training establishment (PTEs)
  • universities.

Industry training organisations (ITOs) can also participate in partnership with a tertiary provider, to strengthen links with employers and industry. ITOs are not eligible for DualPathways funding directly, although a tertiary education provider or school may choose to share its funding with an ITO.

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following quality dimensions:

  • experience targeting and supporting students
  • capability in building partnerships with secondary schools and working with employers/industry to support students into employment
  • capability in delivering high-quality education provision.

More detail of the quality dimensions can be found in the Request for Funding Applications (see link above under How to apply). We will provide further information about the assessment framework for the quality dimensions on this web page soon.  

More information

For more information about the competitive process, refer to: 

The last date for submitting questions on the DualPathways pilot was 30 September 2016. 

The document below provides the final list of answers to the questions we have received from the sector on the Secondary-Tertiary Programme - the Dual Pathways Pilot.