Learner Support Funding

Learner Support Funding

Last updated 30 October 2018
Last updated 30 October 2018

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) Tools Grant is being replaced by Learner Support Funding.

Targeted funding for MPTT is changing to make it easier for learners to get support.

As of 1 January 2019, Learner Support Funding is replacing the MPTT Tools Grant. Learner Support Funding will be allocated to each consortium. 

Learners will have access to the support funding when they need it, as assessed by the consortium.

Payments will be made monthly to each consortium

Consortia will be allocated an amount of Learner Support Funding. Consortia will receive the funding via monthly instalments as part of their consortium funding, starting from January 2019.

The amount of funding that each consortium receives will be determined by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) using the number of learners the consortium is funded for. Any unspent funds will be recovered.

Some current and previous learners will still be eligible to receive the Tools Grant

MPTT learners who cease their pre-trades training on, or prior to 31 December 2018, may be eligible to receive a Tools Grant for up to 18 months. This is providing the learner has not already received a Tools Grant payment (for example, under the Apprenticeship Reboot).

Consortium are responsible for ensuring eligible learners receive their Tools Grant payment during this transition period.

To support this process, we will:

  • estimate the percentage of learners for each consortium who could be eligible for a Tools Grant between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2020
  • calculate a lump sum of transitional Tools Grant money for these learners
  • allocate the lump sum to each consortium for this specific purpose.

Consortia will receive transitional Tools Grant money monthly from 1 January 2019 until June 2020 (inclusive). This will enable consortia to pay Tools Grants directly to learners who progress from pre-trades training into an apprenticeship or industry training as per the intent of the original Tools Grant policy.   

Any unspent funds will be recovered.

Monitoring and reporting processes

Consortium reporting and recording about the use of this funding will need to be separate from other funding in the consortium budget.

Consortia are required to submit a:

  • budget that shows us how they will use the Learner Support Funding, and
  • progress reports in April, August and December outlining how Māori and Pasifika Trades Training funding is allocated and spent across the following three funding categories:
    • consortium activities funding
    • transitional Tools Grant funding
    • Learner Support Funding.