TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund

TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund

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

TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) funding is agreed through an Investment Plan. Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) deliver WLN programmes to employees in named companies. WLN programmes are structured to deliver an average of 40 hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition per learner over a 10-40 week period.

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

For the 2017 conditions for the TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund, refer to:

Generic conditions that relate to all on-Plan funds

Specific conditions that relate to this fund only

Who applies:  ITPs, PTEs, schools, universities, wānanga

Agreed through:  Investment Plan (on Plan)

These pages relate to funding allocated through TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy. See Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy for information about the Employer-led strand.

WLN funding is intended to:

  • increase the literacy and numeracy skills of employees
  • contribute to workplace productivity through the provision and evaluation of literacy and numeracy learning in a workplace context.

This is achieved by:

  • providing literacy and numeracy programmes of study or training to employees
  • supporting workplaces to establish sustainable workplace literacy and numeracy programmes and practices.

Initiatives funded through WLN should support high-quality learning that is tailored to the needs of the workplace.

TEOs must use the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions to identify learners’ literacy, language and or numeracy need. An initial and a progress assessment must be completed using one of the following:

The Starting Points Assessment Guide and Vocabulary Assessment are designed for the assessment of learners not yet at the first steps on the Learning Progressions.


The Literacy and Numeracy provision funding mechanism is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for the TEC to allocate the funding. Allocating this fund helps support the achievement of government policy and the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES).

A TEO that receives WLN funding (TEO-led) is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989, and
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in the TEO's Investment Plan funding approval letter.