DualPathways Pilot

DualPathways Pilot

Last updated 21 August 2017
Last updated 08/21/2017

The DualPathways Pilot aims to improve the transition of students from school to work by providing a wider range of learning opportunities, making better use of the education network, and creating clear pathways from school to work and study. The DualPathways Pilot partnership model transitions students from secondary school to employment-based tertiary education. 

Purpose

Funding through the DualPathways Pilot supports tertiary education providers and secondary schools (schools) to work in collaboration and partnership with employers/industry organisations. This partnership fosters development of innovative pathways to successfully prepare and transition students from secondary education to employment and tertiary education.

Why was the DualPathways Pilot introduced?

More young people are achieving NCEA Level 2 and we need to focus on providing relevant next steps for these young people into employment or further education. The Government introduced the DualPathways Pilot to provide these next steps by supporting young people into career pathways while they are enrolled at school, and to get a head start on gaining the skills employers are looking for.

The pilot gives tertiary education providers the opportunity to work with schools and learners to further improve student employment outcomes and progression into higher level education.

Who is the DualPathways Pilot for?

The DualPathways Pilot is for year 12 and 13 secondary school students who:

  • would benefit from enrolment in an industry-focused qualification, and
  • are not planning to enter university or continue their education.

How does the DualPathways Pilot work?

The DualPathways Pilot is not targeted to a specific industry. Students are enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in tertiary education. Through the tertiary education provider, students work towards a vocationally focused/industry qualification at level 2 or 3.

The tertiary education must be fees-free and tertiary education providers receive pastoral care/co-ordination funding, as well as transport assistance funding, to support students during their programme.

Enrolled students spend some days of the week attending school and working towards NCEA, and some days of the week attending the DualPathways Pilot tertiary education provider and working towards a vocationally focused/industry qualification at level 2 or 3.

The goal of the DualPathways Pilot is to transitions students into:

  • employment with continuing or higher level industry-focused education, or
  • higher level industry-focused education.

To achieve this, tertiary education providers need to work in partnership with one or more schools, and employers and/or industry organisations including industry training organisations (ITOs).

The DualPathways Pilot organisations work together to transition students from school and tertiary provider-based provision into sustainable employment, where the student can complete their vocationally focused tertiary education qualification, or enrol in a higher level tertiary education qualification in the same industry field, through the same tertiary education provider or another, or through an ITO. Towards this we will pay up to 0.35 equivalent full-time students (EFTS) DualPathways Pilot funding per student for the tertiary education component.

Prior to the tertiary education provider enrolling any students, the tertiary education provider and the school decide the following together:

  • What each party is responsible for (such as providing work boots for the student).
  • How the programme will be delivered (within the required settings). Students must experience a coherent learning environment as they move between school and the tertiary education provider, so they are ready to transition to further education and employment. Tertiary provision may be delivered during the school holidays as block courses, for example.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Success payments

To help remove barriers to transitioning young people into a full-time career, success payments are available if the student leaves their DualPathways Pilot programme part-way through to enter sustainable full-time employment and the student continues studying towards their qualification (or another at a higher level).

See Funding and payments.

The success payment is to encourage tertiary education providers to:

  • identify sustainable full-time employment opportunities for students, and
  • establish innovative ways to support students to continue their education when these employment opportunities arise.

Transitioning the student into sustainable full-time employment

A DualPathways Pilot funded tertiary education provider needs to collaborate with its partner school(s) and industry organisation(s) to transition students from its DualPathways Pilot programme into sustainable full-time employment.

The tertiary education provider also needs to arrange for ongoing delivery that will enable the student to continue their industry-focused education while employed full-time. This may be through part-time block courses, or on-line delivery. Alternatively, the tertiary education provider may help arrange for the student to complete their qualification through the relevant industry training organisation (ITO).

Once the student leaves school (i.e. leaves the secondary school system), they are no longer eligible for DualPathways Pilot provision. They become a student in the tertiary education system.

We expect their post-DualPathways Pilot programme provision to be funded through Student Achievement Component (SAC) level 3 or above, the Industry Training Fund (ITF), or the Direct Funding Scheme. An exception to this might be student circumstances arising from a DualPathways Pilot NCEA level 2 or 3 programme, in which case the student may need to complete their qualification through Youth Guarantee.

The graphic below shows the transition of a secondary school student from school, to school and the DualPathways Pilot, to employment with continuing education, and the success payments.

Transitioning the student into sustainable full-time employment graphic

What is the difference between the DualPathways Pilot, SAC 3+2 and Engineering e2e?

DualPathways Pilot, Flexible Parternships (SAC 3+2) and Engineering Education to Employment (Engineering e2e) are all Secondary-Tertiary Programmes (STPs).

The goal of:

  • the DualPathways Pilot is to transition students from school into employment with continuing or higher level, industry-focused education
  • SAC 3+2 is to transition students from school into higher level industry-focused education, and
  • Engineering e2e is to increase the number of engineering graduates in New Zealand.

DualPathways Pilot

The DualPathways Pilot is not targeted to a specific industry, and students are enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in tertiary education. Through the tertiary education provider, students work towards a vocationally focused/industry qualification at level 2 or 3.

The DualPathways Pilot is fees free for students.

The tertiary education provider uses its DualPathways Pilot tuition funding (which includes fees and course costs, and pastoral care components) to subsidise the cost of providing up to 0.35 EFTS of tertiary education per eligible school student. DualPathways Pilot providers also receive EFTS-based transport assistance funding.

Enrolled students spend some days of the week attending school and working towards NCEA, and some days of the week attending the DualPathways Pilot tertiary education provider and working towards a vocationally focused/industry qualification at level 2 or 3.

There is a success payment for the tertiary education provider and school if the learner transitions successfully to employment and continuing tertiary education.

See Funding and payments.

Flexible partnerships (SAC 3+2)

Similarly to the DualPathways Pilot, SAC 3+2 is not targeted to a specific industry, and students are enrolled part-time in secondary school and part-time in tertiary education. Through the tertiary education provider, students work towards an industry qualification at level 3 or above (in the DualPathways Pilot the qualification is at level 2 or 3).

The tertiary education provider can charge fees to students.

The tertiary education provider uses its SAC level 3 and above funding to subsidise the cost of providing the tertiary education to eligible school students.

Enrolled students spend some days of the week attending school and working towards NCEA, and some days of the week attending a tertiary education provider and working towards an industry qualification at level 3 and above.

Engineering e2e

Engineering Education to Employment (Engineering e2e) is targeted to the engineering industry. The goal of Engineering e2e is to increase enrolments in level 6 and 7 engineering qualifications. To promote increased enrolments in engineering qualifications, Engineering e2e funding can be used to cover the cost of a range of activities.

It is possible that the DualPathways Pilot and Engineering e2e overlap and we have discretion to vary the level of pastoral care/co-ordination payments if similar services are already being provided to the same students through Engineering e2e funding.

Key focus for 2018

We want to better support student transitions from school and tertiary education to sustainable employment where the student can complete their industry-focused tertiary qualification or enrol in a higher level, industry-focused qualification.

We are prioritising 2018 funding towards level 3 industry qualifications

This means that, for 2018, we are prioritising funding towards industry qualifications particularly at level 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), that are listed in DualPathways Pilot mixes of provision (MoPs).

We want to see 2017 DualPathways Pilot students who are continuing to be enrolled in 2018, to be enrolled in an industry qualification (preferably at level 3) on the NZQF, even if the student was enrolled in a tertiary education provider-based DualPathways Pilot NCEA programme in 2017. The student will continue to be enrolled in, and achieving towards, an NCEA qualification during 2018 while at school.

We recommend tertiary education providers allocated DualPathways Pilot funding for 2018 take this into account when selecting MoP qualifications for 2018. Contact your TEC investment manager or advisor to discuss this.

These industry qualification achievements can contribute to a DualPathways Pilot student’s NCEA, either through credits of the actual standards achieved, or through the tertiary education provider carrying out recognition of prior learning (RPL). The RPL would be to match local courses the student has successfully completed while enrolled with the tertiary education provider to Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS) standards (the provider must have consent to assess for the relevant standards) which contribute to the student’s NCEA.

Please also note that:

  • we will still only fund up to 0.35 EFTS provision per student, and
  • if the student completes a qualification for which they enrolled in the DualPathways Pilot (such as NCEA), the tertiary education provider (and school) will not be eligible for the success payment.

NZQA and TEC approvals

All DualPathways Pilot tertiary education providers need to have NZQA approval, and TEC approval in Services for Tertiary Education Organisations (STEO), for each DualPathways Pilot qualification programme that they propose to deliver in 2018.

Note: These approvals must be in place for you to select a qualification in your 2018 DualPathways Pilot MoP.

See Qualifications and courses for further information.

Funding will only be approved for tertiary education providers that submit an acceptable DualPathways Pilot MoP in advance of the funding year.

However, we will consider a funded tertiary education provider’s request to add an additional qualification to its MoP during the funding year.