Eligibility – 2016

Eligibility – 2016

Last updated 9 February 2017
Last updated 02/09/2017

We are in the process of updating these fund pages for 2017.  

For the 2017 conditions for the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) Fund, refer to:

Generic conditions that relate to all on-Plan funds for 2017

Specific conditions that relate to this fund only


This page sets out the eligibility criteria for TEOs, programmes and learners for the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund. It outlines TEO eligibility, programme eligibility and learner eligibility.

TEO eligibility

To be eligible to receive funding from the ILN fund, a tertiary education organisation (TEO) must be one of the following:

  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a private training establishment (PTE)
  • a wānanga
  • a university
  • a state or state-integrated school

To be eligible for ILN funding a TEO must also:

  • have in place an effective assessment process for identifying a learner’s literacy and numeracy gains, including the use of the Assessment Tool (including the Youth option and Te Ata Hāpara option, as appropriate) or Step Two Threshold Assessment (PDF, 356 Kb) or the Starting Points options where a learner is not yet at the first steps of the Learning Progressions), and
  • be able to offer a programme or course of intensive literacy and numeracy as set out in Condition ILN005.

A TEO must continue to be quality assured throughout the funded period, as set out in Condition ILN003.

Programme eligibility

To be eligible for funding, an ILN programme 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 skill development, as set out in the Tertiary Education Strategy.
  • provide high quality literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, study or training
  • enable each learner to use literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, skills to meaningfully engage in New Zealand society
  • be effective in improving each learner’s literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy skills
  • have measurable literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, outcomes
  • be flexible and able to be tailored to meet the needs of an individual adult learner
  • be provided by a tutor who holds an appropriate qualification (such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace).

See Condition ILN005.

It is expected that the tuition is delivered to each learner face to face.

Programmes funded through ILN must be delivered at no cost (fees-free) to learners (see Condition ILN006). Programmes must provide an average of 100 hours of ILN tuition per learner over a five to 20-week period (see Condition ILN011).



Learner eligibility

To be eligible for enrolment in an ILN-funded programme, a learner must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or resident; and
  • have low skill levels in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, as determined by the TEC.

Low English language and/or literacy skills means that the learner has low English language skills and/or a low skill level in literacy and/or  numeracy. 

"Low skill level in literacy and numeracy” is defined as:

  • where a 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 less than 12 credits in literacy and/or numeracy unit standards/achievement standards, or
  • if the learner is assessed using the Assessment Tool and presents at Step 1 or 2 on the Learning Progressions for reading and/or numeracy.

NOTE: For the avoidance of doubt:

  • any learner with an undergraduate, postgraduate, or Level 5 qualification gained in New Zealand or on the NZQF is not considered to have a low skill level in literacy and numeracy; and
  • any learner who presents below step 2 on the Learning Progressions is considered to have a low skill level in literacy and numeracy.

A learner that is eligible for ILN-funded programmes is not considered to have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to be successful in Student Achievement Component Levels 1 and 2 or Youth Guarantee programmes.

Trainees enrolled with industry training organisations are eligible to access support funded through the ILN fund, provided that they meet the above learner eligibility criteria. 

Verification of identity

A TEO must verify a student's identity when the student enrols for the first time and the programme of learning leads to a qualification with an EFTS value of greater than 0.03 EFTS (see Condition ILN014)

For subsequent enrolments in consecutive years, the TEO is not required to re-verify identity.  However, TEOs should assess their level of risk around identity verification and, if appropriate, should develop a policy as to when the TEO must re-verify the student’s identity.

TEO to have a policy for when additional identity verification is required

Each TEO should have a clear identity verification policy that informs staff and students about when additional evidence of identity may be required, such as additional checks for certain programmes of study (for example, police checks or referee checks for teaching degrees).

It is recommended that TEOs familiarise themselves with the Department of Internal Affairs' Evidence of Identity Standard.