Adult and Community Education in the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and Wānanga

Adult and Community Education in the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and Wānanga

Last updated 30 September 2020
Last updated 30 September 2020

Adult and Community Education (ACE) in NZIST and Wānanga is for community-based education delivered by NZIST and its subsidiaries and wānanga.

ACE in NZIST and Wānanga funding supports:

  • achievement of Tertiary Education Strategy priorities
  • re-engagement of learners in education, and
  • provision of foundation skills development and pathways to other learning opportunities that meet community needs (including further education or the workplace).

Eligibility

TEO eligibility

TEOs must be a tertiary education institution (TEI), namely, the NZIST or its subsidiaries, or a wānanga.

Programme eligibility

From January 2021, the priorities of ACE in School funding are for programmes that:

  • Improve employability
    • Courses focused on employability
    • Life skills such as financial literacy
    • Introductory ‘taster’ courses
  • Promote social inclusion and cultural inclusion and participation
    • Languages, including Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language (including ESOL), Pacific languages (especially Realm languages) and Asian languages
    • Courses supporting digital inclusion
  • Raises foundation skills
    • Courses in literacy, numeracy and/or digital literacy
  • Improve health and wellbeing
    • Courses such as parenting, mental health and resilience, or conflict resolution/anger management.

ACE funding does not prioritise provision broadly classed as hobby courses (e.g., arts, crafts and music, personal fitness and recreation, and home maintenance). Any funding requests for ACE provision must demonstrate how it meets one of the programme priorities listed above, as well as how the provision addresses community learning needs.

Learner eligibility

TEOs must ensure that learners are domestic students. They must also be aged 16 years or over and not full-time secondary school students unless they met specific criteria set out in the funding conditions.

TEO Responsibilities

TEIs are required to work with Regional Skills Leadership Groups, local iwi, local organisations, peak bodies, local industry, local employers, and communities, including other TEOs involved in ACE, to identify and meet community learning needs, when appropriate for their overall portfolio of ACE provision.

Each TEI must ensure that its funded ACE programme will:

  • address the needs of target learner groups (including the priority learner groups set out in the Tertiary Education Strategy,
  • primarily focus on:
    • acquisition of foundation skills
    • re-engaging learners whose previous learning was not successful, and
    • ensuring the progression of learners into formal tertiary education.  
  •  target ACE provision in foundation skills to learners who have low or no formal qualifications, and
  • target ACE provision in English language/ESOL to learners who identify as having English language needs.

 

Funding and payments

The Adult and Community Education funding mechanism is issued by the Minister responsible for tertiary education. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for us to allocate the funding and what the funding can be used for, and details how we administer the fund.

Funding is agreed through a tertiary education organisation's (TEO’s) Investment Plan (Plan).

A TEO that receives ACE funding is required to:

Please refer to the ACE in Communities funding conditions. The 2021 funding conditions will be published in due course.

Funding formula

We determine the appropriate amount of ACE in NZIST and Wānanga funding for a TEO.

We measure ACE enrolments in equivalent full-time students (EFTS) for ITPs and wānanga. One EFTS is the learner workload that would normally be carried out by a learner enrolled full time in:

  • a single academic year, or
  • a single calendar year.

Funding rate

The funding rate for ACE provision is $4,524.00 per EFTS (GST exclusive). 

From 1 January 2021, the funding rate for ACE provision will increase by 1.6% to $4,596.00 per EFTS.

EFTS factors

ACE course EFTS factors are calculated according to the following table. 

Calculating EFTS factors for ACE courses

Course length

Learning type

Course EFTS factor

Example

Less than 20 hours of learner time per week (part-time)

 

Tutor contact time and test time             

0.0015 EFTS per hour

A course running for 6 part-time weeks for 6 hours a week (36 in total), with 12 hours of this involved in self-directed learning - has a course EFTS factor of: (24 x 0.0015) + (0.00088 x 12) = 0.0466 EFTS

 

Self-directed learning time that has tutorial support available

0.00088 EFTS per hour

Up to 40 hours of learner time in total

 

Tutor contact time and test time

0.0015 EFTS per hour

A course of 12 hours, 5 tutor contact hours, 1 hour in a test, 
and 6 self-directed learning hours, has a course EFTS factor of: 
(6 x 0.0015) + (6 x 0.00088) = 0.0143 EFTS

 

Self-directed learning time that has tutorial support available

0.00088 EFTS per hour

20 or more hours of learner time per week (full-time), and more than 40 hours total

 

Tutor contact time and test time

0.0300 EFTS per week x the percentage that tutor contact time and test time make-up of the total learning hours

A course running for 4 full-time weeks with 100 hours in total, 70 of which relate to tutor contact time, has a course EFTS factor of: 
(4x 0.03 x 70%) + (0.00088 x 30) = 0.1104 EFTS

 

Self-directed learning time that has tutorial support available       

0.00088 EFTS per hour

Payment

We pay funding for ACE provision in monthly instalments on the first banking day of each month.

Payment amounts are equal from January to June, and equal from July to December.

Funding allocations

2021 ACE in TEIs indicative allocations

Purpose of ACE in TEIs funding

The purpose of the Adult Community Education Fund is to purchase provision that provides adults with community-based education foundation skills, and pathways into other learning opportunities that meet community learning needs.

How we calculated your 2021 indicative allocation for ACE in TEIs

The information below provides a summary of how your indicative allocation was calculated. For more details regarding your specific allocation, please contact customerservicegroup@tec.govt.nz or your Relationship Manager.

Your prior performance information informs the calculation of your 2021 indicative allocation.

Starting point

To determine the starting point for calculating your 2021 indicative allocation, we compared your 2019 actual ACE in TEIs delivery with your 2020 allocation.

Note: Your 2019 actual delivery has been adjusted for any additional funding provided (including flexible funding), funding rate increases, and significant policy changes. Your reviewed 2020 allocation includes Plan changes and excludes one-off adjustments. We make these adjustments to ensure we are accurately comparing your 2019 actual delivery with your 2020 allocation, in dollar terms.

If your 2019 actual delivery was below 100%, we used the lesser of either your:

  • 2019 actual delivery, or
  • 2020 allocation

If your 2019 actual delivery was 100% or above, we used your:

  • 2020 allocation

If you delivered ACE in TEIs for the first time in either 2019 or 2020, we used your:

  • 2020 allocation

New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Allocations for each NZIST subsidiary will be based on prior performance and funding data for it or for the ITP it replaces.

An indicative funding allocation may be made to a TEO that later transfer’s delivery to a transitional or other TEO. In that case, we will engage with the new TEO to transfer and adjust the allocation.

Determining your final 2021 funding allocation

To determine your final 2021 allocation and Plan approval, we will consider the following information in our assessment and/or engagements with you:

  • Your actual delivery of equivalent full-time students as submitted through the December 2019 Single Data Return (SDR).
  • Your year-to-date 2020 delivery and any further rate increases.

Key changes to our approach for 2021

In previous years, the starting point was calculated using actual delivery and was not adjusted based on whether delivery was below or at 100%. Further plan increases or in-year adjustments were not accounted for.

We will now take into account if delivery volume was at or below 100% and will include in-year plan adjustments where necessary.

 

Reporting

Each ITP and wānanga is required to report ACE provision through the Single Data Return (SDR), using the funding source code 23.

Please refer to the ACE in Communities funding conditions for reporting requirements. The 2021 funding conditions will be published in due course.

Monitoring

We monitor ACE delivered by ITPs and wānanga through the Single Data Return (SDR)