Last updated 24 April 2017
Last updated 04/24/2017

This page sets out the eligibility criteria for the Youth Guarantee Fund. 

TEO eligibility

See Condition: Organisation eligibility for tertiary education organisation (TEO) eligibility requirements.

Programme eligibility

See the following conditions for programme (including course) eligibility requirements.

Note: “includes literacy and numeracy provision” in Condition: Programme eligibility means that the programme includes embedded literacy and numeracy provision.

For more information on Vocational Pathways and the list of standards in each pathway see www.youthguarantee.net.nz.

In addition, we expect Youth Guarantee:

  • programmes to:
    • contain a minimum of:
      • at least one qualification that has a credit value of 60 credits or more, or
      • two or more qualifications (of at least 40 credits each) that have a combined credit value of 80 credits or more
    • be delivered face-to-face (for example, not delivered via distance learning or in a work-based setting) by the funded TEO, and
  • TEOs to not deliver more EFTS for qualifications at level 3 on the NZQF than has been agreed in the TEO’s Plan mix of provision.

To deliver qualifications linked to levels 1 to 3 on the NZQF, TEOs must:

  • have delivery site approval, consent to assess (if the delivery is NCEA only, using one or more of the Vocational Pathways), programme approval and/or accreditation from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), and
  • have TEC approval for all delivery sites, qualifications (including concurrent qualifications), and courses.

For more information about NZQA programme approval and accreditation please see the NZQA website. TEOs can also contact their NZQA Sector Relationship Manager for further information regarding the approvals process. 

Note: ‘subcontracting' in Condition: Subcontracting refers to a situation in which a TEO uses Youth Guarantee funding to pay another organisation to deliver teaching and/or assessment on its behalf. This excludes:

  • teaching and learning activities contracted to individuals or organisations that are not TEOs (for example, an employee on a fixed-term contract, an honorary staff member, or a contract for teaching and learning services with a subject-matter expert for part of the programme)
  • learning that occurs within vocational placements such a workplace placement or practicum.

Student eligibility

See Condition: Student eligibility for student eligibility requirements.

Students may be re-enrolled in Youth Guarantee, as long as they continue to meet the student eligibility condition criteria set out in Condition: Student eligibility, and are enrolled in no more than 1 EFTS provision per calendar year. 

Students must not be simultaneously enrolled in school and a Youth Guarantee funded qualification (except where the learner is participating in the Ministry of Education’s DualPathways Pilot programme).

Students must not be enrolled in a Youth Guarantee funded qualification and also be enrolled in another TEC-funded programme at the same time, e.g. ILN, a SAC-funded course, New Zealand Apprenticeship or Gateway.

A learner that is eligible for ILN-funded programmes is not considered to have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to be successful in a Youth Guarantee programme.

Limit on qualification prior achievement

See Condition: Student eligibility.

Qualification prior achievement limits are to ensure that government funding is targeted to students with no or low qualification prior achievement, and to enable students to pathway to higher level qualifications.

In practice this means:

  • a new enrolment is the first time that student has been enrolled in Youth Guarantee at that TEO, and
  • the TEO must verify individual students’ prior achievement before accepting them into the programme.

Level 1 and 2 programmes

In accordance with Condition: Student eligibility, TEOs must ensure that students who already hold a qualification at level 1 or 2 on the NZQF comprise no more than 10% of new enrolments in a Youth Guarantee programme leading to award of a qualification at that level. Enrolling in a subsequent qualification at the same TEO at any level is not considered a ‘new enrolment’.

Level 3 programmes

In accordance with Condition: Student eligibility:

  • a TEO must not enrol a student in a Youth Guarantee programme if the student has already achieved a qualification at Level 3 or above on the NZQF, and
  • each TEO must prioritise enrolments in Youth Guarantee programmes that lead to award of a level 3 qualification on the NZQF to:
  • students who enrolled in Youth Guarantee with low prior achievement (no qualification or a level 1 qualification), and
  • students who have completed a level 1 or 2 qualification funded through Youth Guarantee.

A student who turns 20 years old while enrolled is not eligible to re-enrol 

Students who are 20 years old are ineligible to enrol in a Youth Guarantee funded programme. Some students may turn 20 years old during a programme they are enrolled in. These students remain eligible for Youth Guarantee provision they are already enrolled in for:

  • that qualification, and
  • the courses required to complete that qualification.

However, Youth Guarantee funding is not available for 20 year old students to re-enrol in courses they have not completed successfully. Keep this in mind when you enrol a 19 year old student, particularly a student who is close to turning 20, as any re-enrolments in qualifications or courses will need to be self-funded by the student or funded out of SAC.