Eligibility

Eligibility

Last updated 17 November 2016
Last updated 11/17/2016

This page sets out the eligiblity criteria for the Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) Fund. 

It outlines employer eligibility, programme eligibility, learner eligibility and information about verification of identity.

Employer eligibility

To be eligible for funding, as outlined in your funding confirmation letter, employers must:

  • be an organisation as defined by section 159B of the Education Act 1989
  • be a body corporate, and
  • provide literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy provision to a minimum of 20 of its employees, or
  • provide literacy, numeracy, or literacy and  numeracy provision to a minimum of 20 employees as part of a consortium arrangement with other employers.

Employers must also use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (including Starting Points, the Youth option, and Te Ata Hāpara option, as appropriate), to measure each learner’s initial literacy and numeracy skills, and to measure each learner’s literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy progress.

The above criteria are specified in Appendix Three: Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Funding conditions ‘Organisation eligibility’ in the funding confirmation letter.

Programme eligibility

Programmes funded through the WLN Fund delivered by an employer must:

  • provide literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy study or training that is specific, rather than embedded, within the programme
  • contribute to the Government’s priority for literacy and numeracy, as set out in the  Tertiary Education Strategy 2014–2019
  • provide high quality literacy and numeracy learning that represents value for money
  • be effective and innovative in improving each learner’s literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy skills to meaningfully engage in the workplace and New Zealand society
  • be able to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual learner
  • have adequate processes for reporting on a learner’s progress in improving literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy skills, and
  • be provided by a tutor who holds an appropriate qualification (such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace).

Employers must ensure that programmes:

  • provide high quality literacy and numeracy learning that is tailored to the needs of the workplace
  • contribute to the development of sustainable employee literacy and numeracy practices within the workplace
  • have targeted literacy and numeracy outcomes that reflect the priorities and needs of the workplace, and
  • have the support of the employer’s senior management.

Each funded programme should deliver an average of 40 hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, provision per learner at the intensity of 40 hours over a 10 to 40-week period.   

All programmes must use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool to identify employees' literacy and numeracy needs and measure gain.

Employer-led WLN funded provision is fees-free for eligible learners.

See Appendix Three: Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Funding conditions "Programme eligibility" in the funding confirmation letter.

Learner eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in an Employer-led WLN funded programme, a learner must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or resident 
  • have low skill levels of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy
  • be in the paid workforce and

is not:

  • enrolled as a full-time learner at a TEO
  • accessing TEC-funded literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy  provision at another TEO or workplace.

"Low skill level in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy” is defined by the TEC as:

  • if the learner has fewer than 80 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) or
  • if the learner has more than 80 credits on the NZQF, the learner has fewer than 12 credits in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy in unit standards and/or achievement standards, or
  • if the learner is assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool and presents at Step 3 or below on the Learning Progressions for reading, and/or Step 4 on the Learning Progressions for Numeracy. 

Employers funded to deliver WLN funded programmes in their workplace must ensure that each learner meets, and continues to meet, these eligibility criteria.

See Appendix Three: Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Funding conditions ‘Learner eligibility’ in the funding confirmation letter.

Verification of identity

Employers must verify the identity of each learner enrolled in a WLN funded programme using one of the methods set out below. We recommend that employers also use this information to verify learner eligibility.

You must verify the identity of each learner enrolled in a WLN programme of study or training by doing one or more of the following:

  • confirming that all data fields match the learner’s NSN, or
  • receiving an assertion through the Department of Internal Affairs’ RealMe® online
  • identity verification service, or
  • sighting the original or certified copy of a current passport, or
  • sighting the original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

     – a birth certificate, or

     – a certificate of identity, or

     – a New Zealand certificate of citizenship, or

     – an expired passport that has not been cancelled, or

     – a current New Zealand driver's licence, or

     – a current New Zealand firearms' licence 

  • if a learner is unable to obtain a birth certificate for the purposes of the above, contacting the TEC to confirm that a whakapapa statement signed by both the learner and a kaumātua is an acceptable evidence of identity.

For the purposes of this condition a certified copy is a photocopy that has been endorsed as a true copy of the original. To be certified, the document must:

  • be certified by an official of the issuing authority or a person authorised by law in New Zealand to certify documents, such as a Justice of the Peace, a lawyer, or a court official (Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar), and
  • have the signature of the person certifying on each page, with the name and title of the person shown clearly below his or her signature.

Please refer to ‘Learner eligibility’ in Appendix Three: Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Funding Conditions in the funding confirmation letter for more information.

  • See TEO-led WLN for information about the TEO-led WLN strand.