Last updated 8 April 2019
Last updated 8 April 2019

This page sets out the eligibility criteria for TEOs, programmes and learners for the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) Fund.

TEO eligibility

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

Programme eligibility

See the following conditions for programme eligibility requirements.

For tutor qualification requirements (Condition: Programme eligibility), refer to our literacy and numeracy capability information, including national literacy and numeracy qualifications for educators.

Tuition must be delivered to each learner face-to-face.

The TEO’s ILN recruitment and delivery models must have strong community links and be learner-centred to meet individual learner needs, such as through delivering:

  • evening classes, and/or
  • short, frequent blocks or longer, fewer blocks of tuition.

Community links must be evident through relationships between TEOs and local business, industry, employers, iwi and the wider community, and learners.

Note: ‘subcontracting’ in Condition: Subcontracting refers to a situation in which a TEO uses ILN funding to pay another TEO to deliver teaching and/or assessment on its behalf. It 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).

Hours of delivery

The total hours of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy tuition received by each learner enrolled in an ILN programme with a TEO is expected to be between 80 and 300 hours, with some exceptions. For example, some learners may:

  • receive less provision than this due to deciding to withdraw or move location, or
  • remain eligible to be enrolled in an ILN programme even though they have received 300 hours of tuition. These learners may continue to be enrolled until they are not eligible.

We expect these learner numbers to be few when compared to the TEO’s total ILN learner count.

Intensity of delivery

The intensity of literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition received by each learner enrolled in an ILN programme with a TEO must be at least five and no more than 20 hours per week.

Learner eligibility

See Condition: Learner eligibility for learner eligibility requirements

Industry trainees

Trainees enrolled with industry training organisations are eligible to enrol in an ILN funded programme provided:

  • they meet ILN learner eligibility criteria (which includes being a New Zealand citizen or resident), and
  • the programme meets ILN programme eligibility criteria. 

Student Achievement Component (SAC) / Youth Guarantee programmes

ILN eligible learners are not considered to have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to be successful in a Student Achievement Component (SAC) or Youth Guarantee funded programme (including SAC levels 1 and 2). These learners should not be enrolled in a SAC or Youth Guarantee programme until their literacy and numeracy skills have advanced sufficiently for them to be successful (for example, they now present at Step 3 or higher on the Learning Progressions for reading and/or numeracy). This can be achieved through enrolling them in an ILN programme first, where the provision of literacy and/or numeracy skill development opportunities is intensive.

Note: A learner who is enrolled in an ILN funded programme must not be enrolled in a SAC or Youth Guarantee programme at the same time.

Higher level qualifications / prior achievement

A learner with an undergraduate, postgraduate, or level 5 qualification gained in New Zealand or that is listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is not considered to have a low skill level in literacy and numeracy, and is therefore not eligible to enrol in an ILN funded programme.