Archived News

Archived News

Last updated 29 April 2021
Last updated 29 April 2021

Archived News items by year.

2020

5 August 2020

WDC design process at halfway point

The Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) design process has just reached its halfway mark and so far the results are encouraging.  


30 July 2020

Minister of Education consults on tertiary fee regulation settings for 2021

The Minister of Education invites submissions on fee regulation settings for tertiary education providers in 2021. 


27 July 2020

International education recovery plan announced

The Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins has announced a long-term recovery plan for the international education sector. 


21 July 2020

New Pacific Education Action Plan released

A new Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030 will ensure Pacific learners and their families are safe, valued, and equipped to achieve their education aspirations.

Refreshed Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo strategies released

Ka Hikitia is the Māori Education Strategy, and Tau Mai Te Reo is the Māori Language in Education Strategy. 


17 July 2020

Register for a free webinar to support disabled tertiary learners in an online environment

On Friday 24 July join New Zealand subject matter experts to find out how you can support disabled learners in an online environment.


13 July 2020

Funding support of $25 million for tertiary student wellbeing

The Government has announced $25 million in new funding to expand front line mental health and wellbeing services for tertiary students.


30 June 2020

Release of Supplementary Plan Guidance

We have published the Supplementary Plan Guidance to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs) with added information to develop their new investment Plans for funding from 1 January 2021.

Introducing the TEC Statement of Performance Expectations 2020/21

We are committed to shaping a dynamic system that delivers lifelong learning and equips learners, communities and employers for success. 

Technology access fund for learners hits the right spot

A tertiary provider has described the Technology Access Fund for Learners (TAFL) as ‘exceedingly helpful’ to keep learners engaged in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.


26 June 2020

Register for free webinar to support and engage learners online (focus on pastoral care)

On Friday 3 July, join New Zealand and Australian subject matter experts to find out how to support and engage your tertiary learners in an online environment. 

TEC welcomes guilty verdict against individual who made false representation to access Fees Free

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) welcomed the North Shore District Court’s decision finding an individual guilty of making a false representation to access Fees Free tertiary education.


25 June 2020

TEC selects six boards to form Workforce Development Councils

Following a successful Expression of Interest (EoI) process, with 249 applications, a strong group of interim Establishment Board (iEB) members has been selected and will start work on the formation of all six WDCs.


17 June 2020

New fund to keep apprentices in work

The government has announced a $380.6 million initiative to help keep apprentices in work.


10 June 2020

Register for free webinar to enhance your online teaching practice

On Friday 19 June 2020, join New Zealand subject matter experts to find out what you need to know to be an effective, engaging teacher in the online space.


2 June 2020

Information for students on closure of Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has been informed that the Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School (AHCTS) has decided to close on 26 June 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19 on its viability.

Release of initial list of supported training to aid COVID-19 recovery

Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins has announced the targeted areas in the new Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), which supports learners of all ages to undertake vocational education and training without fees.


22 May 2020

TEC and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa renew commitment to partnership

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) have renewed their commitment to work together in a partnership that is based upon Te Tiriti o Waitangi and focused on learners across Aotearoa.


14 May 2020

Workforce Development Councils to play key role in COVID-19 recovery

Today’s Government Budget announcement involves a big step forward for the vocational education and training system, ...

Budget 2020: significant investment in training and education

The first stage of Budget 2020 announced on 14 May allocates significant investment in education.


2 May 2020

Government announces $20 million technology access fund for tertiary learners

Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins today announced a $20 million fund to help eligible tertiary learners continue their education disrupted by COVID-19.


29 April 2020

Resources to support your move to online teaching

We have gathered resources from New Zealand, Australia and the rest of the world that may be of help to your organisation as you move to online delivery.


17 April 2020

WDC Design Group excited about the future of Vocational Education

The Workforce Development Council Design Group’s first session, held online on Friday 3 April, 2020 ...


2 April 2020

A new era for vocational education

Aotearoa is taking an important step towards a brighter future and a stronger, more sustainable vocational education system ...


1 April 2020

TEC advice to Tertiary Education Organisations

TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler has written to all TEC-funded Tertiary Education Organisations ...


23 March 2020

Latest: COVID-19 update for tertiary education organisations

Updated Covid 19 information for tertiary education organisations (TEOs).


10 March 2020

Expression of Interest delivers diverse WDC design members

Expressions of Interest (EoI) closed for the Workforce Development Council (WDC) design process on Monday 24 February 2020 ...


28 February 2020

Investment Toolkit updated with new tools

New and updated information, products and templates have been added to the Investment Toolkit for the 2020 Plan round.


21 February 2020

Launch of Drawing the Future research report

We held a national survey for Drawing the Future in October 2019, where students in Years 3-to-8 were asked to draw a job they want to do when they grow up. 


20 February 2020

Third reading of the RoVE Bill marks important milestone

The third reading of the Vocational Education and Training Reform Bill on Wednesday 19 February 2020 is a key milestone for the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) ...


12 February 2020

New TEC board chair announced

Jenn Bestwick has been announced as the new TEC board chair.


3 February 2020

Coronavirus information for tertiary students and trainees in New Zealand

For the most up to date information, visit our COVID-19 (coronavirus) information page.


30 January 2020

Preferred name for new national institute revealed

The Institute of Skills and Technology Establishment Board has issued a media release on the preferred name of the new national institute which begins operation on 1 April 2020.

2019

20 December 2019

A week of announcements for the Reform of Vocational Education

This week, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced further progress on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) ...


9 December 2019

Release of Plan Guidance – for TEOs submitting new Plans for funding from 1 January 2021

The Plan Guidance for the new investment round has been released. 


14 November 2019

Introducing TEC Pūrongo-ā-tau – Annual Report for year end 30 June 2019

Our Pῡrongo-ā-tau – Annual Report is a review of our financial and non-financial performance against our strategic intentions and priorities for the year ended 30 June 2019.


30 October 2019

Eligibility check for Fees Free 2020 now live

Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) can now direct new learners to the Fees Free website to check their eligibility for Fees Free in 2020.


29 October 2019

Food and Fibre hub goes live

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has launched a food and fibre careers hub on its careers.govt.nz website to promote the diversity of career opportunities in our essential food and fibre sectors.

Drawing the Future launched in New Zealand schools

Education Minister Chris Hipkins, along with TEC CE Tim Fowler, launched the Drawing the Future initiative recently at Porirua East School, Wellington.


17 October 2019

My Allocations and Payments goes live

My Allocations and Payments was successfully launched on 14 October, and is now available to use on Ngā Kete.


14 October 2019

Minister announces new pastoral care Code of Practice for tertiary organisations

Following the recent tragedy at a hall of residence at the University of Canterbury, the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, has taken urgent action to address pastoral care concerns in the tertiary sector.


26 September 2019

Student accommodation services

In the wake of the recent tragic event at the University of Canterbury, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) wishes to encourage students in accommodation services ...


23 September 2019

Stakeholder engagement on the Reform of Vocational Education

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the Ministry of Education have launched a large-scale engagement programme to initiate conversations with stakeholders ...

Changes to 2020 Funding Letters

The TEC is making some useful changes to how it provides TEOs with the conditions we attach to funding.

Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for 2020

After reviewing the submissions received in consultation, the Minister of Education has determined ...


17 September 2019

New Zealanders asked to shape tertiary education priorities

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on the future of education – from early childhood to tertiary and beyond -

New Ministerial Direction on compulsory student services fees

Following recent consultation, the Minister of Education has issued a new Ministerial Direction on Compulsory Student Services Fees  (CSSFs).


27 August 2019

Update on the Reform of Vocational Education

Since the Reform of Vocational Education, or RoVE, was announced by the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins earlier this month,  there have been a number of announcements relating to the reforms.


26 August 2019

My Allocations and Payments

My Allocations and Payments is a new self-service information product that we will launch on Ngā Kete in October 2019.


22 August 2019

Qualification Development Fund

Qualification developers can apply now for Qualification Development Fund funding.


20 August 2019

Police officer, psychologist, top job searches

There’s a strong theme of supporting and caring for New Zealanders in the latest search data from the Careers.govt.nz website.


1 August 2019

Government announces new vision for vocational education

The Minister has today announced the decision to proceed with the proposals on the Reform of Vocational Education ...


25 July 2019

Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) next funding round to open

The 2019/20 funding round for Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) will open soon, the Tertiary Education Commission announced today.


19 July 2019

TEC takes action on false declarations

The Tertiary Education Commission is laying charges under section 292A of the Education Act 1989 against three individuals for making a false representation ...


18 July 2019

Consultation on AMFM rate for 2020

The Minister of Education is proposing an Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) rate of 2 percent for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) for 2020.


11 July 2019

Education performance indicators published

Every year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each tertiary education organisation (TEO) we fund.


5 July 2019

Introducing the TEC Statement of Intent and Statement of Performance Expectations

We are committed to making a positive difference to the prosperity and wellbeing of all New Zealanders through tertiary education and careers services. 


25 June 2019

Updates to funds management and payments processes

As part of our commitment to delivering effective and efficient service and support to TEOs, we've made some changes to provide more consistency and accountability to the way we work.


20 June 2019

New appointments to TEC’s Board of Commissioners

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has appointed two new commissioners to the TEC Board, both for three-year terms.


17 June 2019

Three micro-credentials receive funding

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced three micro-credentials will receive funding from the Government ...


14 June 2019

New and current ITO training agreements

Chief Executive Tim Fowler has written to all Industry Training Organisations (ITO) to confirm current or new training agreements will be honoured for the duration of the training period ...


12 June 2019

Minister releases results of first year of Fees Free policy

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the results from the first year of the Fees Free policy.


7 June 2019

Construction hub goes live

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has launched a construction hub on its popular careers.govt.nz website to attract more people to the growing sector.


4 June 2019

2020 Indicative Allocations and updates to the Investment Toolkit

Indicative Allocation Letters have been provisioned to tertiary education organisations (TEO) Workspaces today.


31 May 2019

Budget 2019 and tertiary education

Budget 2019 has been announced and holds positive news for tertiary education.


30 May 2019

Budget 2019 at a glance

Budget 2019 has been announced and holds positive news for tertiary education.


20 May 2019

Update on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)

The official consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education has now closed.


20 May 2019

PBRF: 2018 Quality Evaluation interim results released

On 30 April, we published the interim results of the 2018 Quality Evaluation, a major component of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF).


9 May 2019

Ministry of Education compulsory student services fees consultation

The Ministry of Education invites students and tertiary providers to have their say and give feedback on a minor update to the compulsory student services fees (CSSF) Ministerial Direction. 


30 April 2019

Research in New Zealand continues to strengthen and enlighten

The Quality Evaluation is one of the country’s biggest research assessments and equates to approximately 55 percent of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), totaling over $1 billion for a six-year period.


23 April 2019

Being a police officer still tops the list of job searches into 2019

While a career as a police officer remains at the top of the table for most searched for jobs on careers.govt.nz, other careers have appeared on the ladder this quarter.


5 April 2019

RoVE consultation period comes to an end

The consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals closed on 5 April 2019.


2 April 2019

Meeting the demands of work, now and in the future

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) commissioned research to help us understand the skills needs, preferences and demands of employers in New Zealand so that we can improve how we match skills in the future. 


29 March 2019

Investment Toolkit updated with further information to support the 2019 Investment Round

On 15 March 2019 we released new information and products in the Investment Toolkit. 


20 March 2019

Public consultation on the Reform of Vocational Education

On 13 February 2019 the Minister of Education launched the public consultation on the Government’s proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education.


18 March 2019

Message from the Tertiary Education Commission

Our thoughts are with the Muslim community, the students and staff at tertiary education organisations, and all the people of Christchurch at this time.

Communities have their say on vocational education

Consultation and engagement with communities on the Reform of Vocational Education continues this month across New Zealand.


11 March 2019

Investment Toolkit updated with new tools

New and updated information, products and templates have been added to the Investment Toolkit. 


27 February 2019

Reform of Vocational Education - have your say face-to-face

Meetings and events are underway throughout New Zealand on the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education proposals, says TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.


5 February 2019

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to take over Telford campus of Taratahi

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has agreed to a proposal from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) to take over the Telford campus of the Taratahi Agricultural Centre.


31 January 2019

Micro-credentials funding approval guidelines available

Information for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) seeking funding approval for micro-credentials is now available. This includes guidelines for developing applications.


17 January 2019

Information for Taratahi students, including Telford students

Taratahi Institute of Agriculture (Taratahi) went into interim liquidation at the end of 2018.


8 January 2019

Top 10 most popular careers in 2018

The most popular career this year was police officer, according to the most searched for jobs on careers.govt.nz in 2018.

2018

11 December 2018

New appointments to TEC’s Board of Commissioners

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has appointed two new commissioners to the TEC Board.


7 December 2018

Top global honour for NZ Marine apprenticeship scheme

The NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation (NZMAC ITO) received an outstanding achievement recently, when its apprenticeship programme was named best in the world for the marine and composites industries.

Release of Plan Guidance for 2019

The Plan Guidance for the 2019 investment round has been released. 


30 November 2018

Celebrating learner success

Universities New Zealand announced three New Zealand university graduates who were awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships to carry out post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England.


27 November 2018

Northland responds to Focus Area Brief: Tai Tokerau Northland

The TEC has developed several focus area briefs as part of our Investment Toolkit for the 2019 Investment Round, to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs).


22 November 2018

New partnership to promote careers in primary sectors

A new partnership between the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Primary Industry Capability Alliance (PICA) will see a collective focus on attracting and retaining talent in New Zealand’s fast-growing primary sectors.


7 November 2018

Performance-linked funding to end

From 2018 funding onwards, we will discontinue performance-linked funding (PLF).


6 November 2018

Digital Literacy – Computers in Homes applications open

The application process for Adult and Community Education (ACE) in Communities – Digital Literacy – Computers in Homes funding for 2019 is now open.


26 October 2018

Improvements made to Ngā Kete

We have made some changes to Ngā Kete as part of our ongoing commitment to improve the information product portal.


25 October 2018

Eligibility check for Fees Free 2019 now live

The Fees Free website is now live to check eligibility for 2019


17 October 2018

Education performance data published

Every year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) we fund.


12 October 2018

Youth Guarantee changes to better support delivery from 2019

We are changing expected learner workload for an equivalent full-time student (EFTS) for levels 1 and 2 Youth Guarantee qualifications from 2019.


10 October 2018 

Commissioner appointed at Whitireia and WelTec

Acting Education Minister Tracey Martin has confirmed the appointment of a Commissioner at Whitireia and WelTec.


4 October 2018

TEC tasked with growing construction careers and credentials

The Government officially launched its Construction Skills Action Plan on 4 October 2018. The action plan is designed to address the skills shortages in the construction sector.


18 September 2018

Preliminary decision to appoint a commissioner to Whitireia/WelTec

The Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec.


5 September 2018

Annual Maximum Fee Movement exceptions 2019

We have published our process for receiving and considering TEO requests for an exception to the 2019 Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) limit of 2 percent.


27 August 2018

Improvements made to Ngā Kete Information Product Library

We’ve made some improvements to the Information Product Library in Ngā Kete. This is part of our ongoing commitment to keep making Ngā Kete work better for you.


22 August 2018

PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation Update

The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation met a major milestone in July when the submission phase ended for participating tertiary education organisations (TEOs).


1 August 2018

Releasing the potential of micro-credentials

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) welcomes NZQA’s decision to include micro-credentials as part of New Zealand’s regulated education and training system and is keen to hear from providers who are thinking about developing and delivering micro-credentials.


13 July 2018

Change to reporting for Condition: Confirmed student enrolments, and to funding for international research students

We are expanding the reporting requirement for Student Achievement Component (SAC) level 3 and above funding condition for 2019. The reporting requirement will include course enrolments where TEC funding is not claimed.


9 July 2018

Projected financial outcomes for the ITP sector, 2018-2022

Independent research commissioned by the TEC confirms that the ITP sector is facing significant financial challenges.


6 July 2018

Consultation on AMFM rate for 2019

The Minister of Education is proposing an Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) rate of 2 percent for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) for 2019.


3 July 2018

Shaping sector-wide capability through new Investment Toolkit framework

We have developed an exciting new tool in our Investment Toolkit that will significantly support the sector to deliver on their Investment Plan obligations. 


2 July 2018

Learning from 55 students and experts what it’s like to enter tertiary education

To better understand the tertiary education landscape we and the Service Innovation Lab completed a ‘prediscovery sprint’ to identify two things: what people found challenging, and what opportunities lay in the experience of entering or re-entering the tertiary education system.


31 May 2018

New information to support TEOs with Investment Plans 2019

We have published new information to support Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) develop their Investment Plans (Plans – including those Plan exempt) for funding from 2019.


30 May 2018

New Ngā Kete information product is now available – Tertiary Performance SDR.

Tertiary Performance SDR provides information on Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) educational performance and learner achievement.


23 May 2018

New $13M biotech research project backed with Entrepreneurial Universities funding

The University of Waikato is launching a new biotech research project in Tauranga backed with Entrepreneurial Universities funding from the Tertiary Education Commission.


11 May 2018

Launch of PSO information products

Two new Ngā Kete information products are now available to TEOs – Post-Study Outcomes of Young Graduates, and Post-Study Outcomes by TEO.


10 May 2018

Panellists announced for the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation

The TEC announced panellists for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation peer review panels today. 


7 May 2018

Workshops held to support 2018 Investment Round

We have held three sector workshops on the 2018 Investment Round and uploaded our third tranche of products for our Investment Toolkit.


12 April 2018

ITP Roadmap 2020 papers released

Papers outlining the Government programme of work to reform the institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITP) sector were released by Education Minister the Hon Chris Hipkins today.


6 April 2018

Some changes have been made to Ngā Kete

We have made some improvements to Ngā Kete. Ngā Kete is your secure search and browse portal to the information sources and products that TEC makes available. It is where we share information and where you can search for and discover content.

Māori and Pasifika achievement is a learner success issue

This is an opinion piece from Tim Fowler, Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).


3 April 2018

Login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete has changed

We have changed the login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete to support the Education Sector Login (ESL) upgrade.


15 March 2018

Pilot of degree apprenticeship model underway in New Zealand

Engineering Education to Employment (Engineering e2e) is working with WelTec, Otago Polytechnic and the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia to implement a level 7 engineering degree apprenticeship qualification. 


13 March 2018

Hackathon for students a great success

Students from high schools around Wellington and the local ICT Graduate School participated in the hackathon held at Victoria University of Wellington’s (VUW) Te Aro campus. The two-and-a-half day hackathon was organised by Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Wellington ICT Graduate School with support from Weltec’s engineering school.


8 March 2018

Pathway for change at the TEC

Today the Tertiary Education Commission's (TEC’s) Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, announced final decisions on a pathway for reorganisation of the TEC.


1 March 2018

Competitive SAC funding to be stopped

Today, Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins, announced the Government will end competitive allocations of funding at New Zealand Qualification Framework levels 1 to 4. This change seeks to give providers greater funding certainty, so they can focus more on the students.


28 February 2018

Tai Poutini Polytechnic investigation released

The West Coast’s Tai Poutini Polytechnic failed to deliver enough training hours across a range of courses between 2010 and 2015, an investigation by the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) released today shows.


27 February 2018

New products developed for our Investment Toolkit

New information, products and templates have been added to the Investment Toolkit. These tools add to the suite of products available to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs) in their strategic planning and Investment Plan engagement. 


21 February 2018

A sustainable future for ITPs – mapping the path

Many Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) face financial challenges. But those challenges also present an opportunity, according to Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Chief Executive Tim Fowler.


9 February 2018

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training report released

In late 2016 the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) commissioned an evaluation of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) initiative. The MartinJenkins report focuses on the operations and outcomes of the 16 consortia operating in 2017. A copy of the report is available for download below.


8 February 2018

Release of new Monitoring Update and investigation guidelines

As announced late in 2017, we have re-aligned our monitoring to take a more flexible approach, along with focusing on education and sharing information with tertiary education organisations (TEOs).


31 January 2018

Improvements made to our Fund finder pages

We listened to feedback from stakeholders about usability of the Fund finder and conditions pages on our website. We have made significant improvements to the pages.


24 January 2018

Change at the TEC

Today the TEC has started consultation with its staff on a proposal to reorganise the TEC.


17 January 2018

Call for panellist nominations for the PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is seeking nominations to finalise peer review panels for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation. 

BEST Pacific Institute of Education breached funding conditions and Education Act

The failed BEST Pacific Institute of Education in Auckland filed incorrect student information and under-delivered on its training promises, an investigation report released today by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) shows.


16 January 2018

Campaign to focus on Fees Free

With just one day to go before almost 168,000 students will get their preliminary NCEA results, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is reminding everyone considering tertiary education in 2018 to check their eligibility for Fees Free.

2017

20 December 2017

All systems go: Fees-free gets real

Since the official announcement of fees free on 5 December, implementation has continued to prepare new learners for tertiary study in 2018. The TEC’s guidance and support systems for the sector are underway as we assist TEO’s navigate the ins and outs of fees-free. 

Quantum investigation shows manipulation maximised earnings

An investigation report released today into the now defunct Quantum Education Group shows it deliberately took advantage of reporting procedures to enable the business to keep millions of dollars in student fees.


15 December 2017

Beyond compliance – better outcomes from the TEC’s monitoring

The TEC is re-aligning its monitoring to work closer with tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by introducing a flexible, smarter approach that focuses on education and appropriate response to risk.


13 December 2017

Improvements coming to our Fund finder

We listened to feedback from stakeholders about usability of the Fund finder pages on our website. We have made significant improvements to the pages, so functionality better meets the needs of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and other stakeholders.


7 December 2017

Briefing to Incoming Minister released

The tertiary system needs to be more nimble, responsive and creative, with more innovation in what and how it delivers.


6 December 2017

Feesfree.govt.nz eligibility check proves popular

Almost 18,000 learners checked their eligibility for the Government’s fee-free initiative in the first 24 hours of the on-line checking site going live.


5 December 2017

Fees-free tertiary study – implementation underway

The first implementation details for the Government’s fees-free initiative have been released by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today.


21 November 2017

Fees-free tertiary education policy

The Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) is working closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Development (StudyLink) and Inland Revenue (IR) to implement one of the Government’s 'first 100 days' policies for tertiary education: the introduction of one year of fees-free tertiary education.

Career development is basis to lifelong success

Career development is a cornerstone to New Zealanders managing their learning and work choices for lifelong success. 


3 November 2017

Mentoring and dyslexia support in action

Chris Lloyd is part of a national project to discover how best to support trainees with dyslexia. The project provides for learners to be screened for dyslexia and then provided with information and assistance to work with their condition, and to succeed. 


24 October 2017

Building better ways to lift literacy and numeracy sector capability

The TEC carried out a review about how to lift the tertiary education sector’s capability to embed literacy and numeracy in foundation-level education. This is to ensure that learners achieve better literacy and numeracy outcomes, and identify how we can better support sector capability.


9 October 2017

The Login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete has changed

We have changed the login page for Workspace 2 and Ngā Kete to support upgrades to the Education Sector Logon (ESL). 


6 October 2017

Approximately $125,000 repaid after investigation into former EnterpriseMIT

The owners of the now-closed EnterpriseMIT have repaid $125,518 after the former subsidiary of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) failed to properly check whether students in its programmes had already completed similar learning.


 28 September 2017

Tertiary education – preparing New Zealanders for the jobs of today and tomorrow 

An opinion piece from Tim Fowler, Chief Executive of the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC).


21 September 2017

Entrepreneurial Universities funding awarded 

Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland will be the first to take advantage of the Government’s $35 million investment partnership in ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith announced today.


20 September 2017

College of Natural Health and Homeopathy repays funds after self-identifying issues 

The College of Natural Health and Homeopathy (CNHH) has repaid $420,426 (GST exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after they discovered they had been making incorrect funding claims to the TEC.


18 September 2017

Education performance data published

Each year we publish educational performance indicators (EPIs) for each Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) we fund. EPIs are one set of measures used to help assess the performance of TEOs and to make future investment decisions. We have published EPI data since 2010.


13 September 2017

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) releases Education at a Glance report 

How does New Zealand's education system compare? The Ministry of Education produced a New Zealand report based on the Education at a Glance report. Read the full report on their website.


06 September 2017

Thousands of adult learners make use of learning opportunities 

New Zealand joins over 40 countries this week to raise awareness of learning opportunities for adults during Adult Learners' Week.  Over 64,000 New Zealanders aged 18-90+ are currently engaged in learning through Adult Community Education in over 7,500 programmes.


05 September 2017

Diversity Award winner trains 100 staff in workplace literacy

Waste Management NZ Ltd, a country-wide waste and environmental services operation, has successfully trained 100 staff members in a Skills Highway workplace literacy programme.


04 September 2017

Employability skills in the real world 

Lecturer Deepti Bhargava from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) brought along 15 students from AUT’s School of Communication Studies to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) to find out what working in the ‘real world’ is like.


30 August 2017

Provider-level graduate employment outcomes data published 

Minister for Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation Hon Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the publication of data showing the employment status and earnings of graduates from all universities, wānanga, polytechnics and some funded private training establishments.


14 August 2017

New Māia video series highlights employability skills 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released a new series of seven videos highlighting the skills young people need to successfully connect with employers and jobs.


11 August 2017

Awards recognise important diversity of educators delivering a world-class learner experience 

A modern-day tohunga (expert) weaves computer science and te Reo into the classroom while a legend helps hundreds of learners transition towards a life of positive and transformational change. This is only some of the work done by 12 tertiary teachers honoured at the sixteenth Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards held at Parliament this week. 


07 August 2017

Life-changing skills in literacy and numeracy in hospitality sector 

Literacy and Numeracy programme motivates employees to aspire to greater rewards in their careers, and significantly improves workplace communication and team-work.


04 August 2017

New Zealand’s three new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence now open 

From early last month, the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington began hosting three new cross-institutional Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) specialising in language, culture, politics and economics. These centres will better connect and enhance trade and economic linkages for New Zealand with countries within the Asia-Pacific and Latin-American regions.


26 July 2017

Government response to the Productivity Commission inquiry

The Government today set out its plan for delivering a strong and effective tertiary education system through its formal response to the Productivity Commission report into tertiary education.

Taratahi acquisition of Telford Campus to go ahead

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Associate Minister Louise Upston today provided the necessary land consents to allow Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre’s acquisition of Lincoln University’s Telford Campus to proceed. TEC’s Board have also approved the transfer of funding from Telford to Taratahi.


11 July 2017

A passport for learners on their educational journey

As part of our two-year Kura to Career pilot, Waikato-Tainui has developed a passport for Māori secondary school students. It records not only their academic record but also their health and wellbeing (hauora) plan, interests, strengths and potential tertiary pathways. 


05 July 2017

IT system supports PBRF 2018 Quality Evaluation process

The TEC met a major milestone for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) 2018 Quality Evaluation with the release of the PBRF IT System.


29 June 2017

Our new alert banner on website home page

We have developed a new alert banner for our website to let you know about system outages and any events affecting our normal business operations. 


26 June 2017

Unlocking the value of our data

We have been sharing our story of how we are unlocking the value of our data and becoming an information broker, in Wellington and abroad. In doing so, we are hoping to open up opportunities to work with other organisations and make it easier for others to take the same journey.

New trail brings maths to life

The University of Waikato has opened a new maths trail at its Hamilton campus to help people appreciate maths and numbers in their daily lives.


22 June 2017

Reporting confirmed student enrolments in your August SDR

As advised in April, there is a new requirement for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to report all confirmed student enrolments from the August Single Data Return (SDR). 


21 June 2017

Our fund information gets an online makeover

We have been refreshing our website’s FundFinder section to make the information about our funds more informative and user-friendly.


18 May 2017

Our workplace literacy funding is helping people with learning disabilities

A group of Dunedin workers with learning disabilities are now being trained in literacy and numeracy with funding through our Employer-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund (EWLN).


15 May 2017

University of Canterbury making substantial progress in its rebuild

The University of Canterbury (UC) continues to make good progress on its recovery from the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes.  Student enrolments are rising, many of its new state-of-the-art buildings are open or nearing completion, and UC is forecasting a return to a normal operating surplus in 2019.


05 May 2017

How Māori Pasifika Trades Training can change lives

The Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) scheme provides scholarships to Māori and Pasifika learners to acquire the skills and attributes to gain trades-based employment, take up New Zealand apprenticeships or move to other higher-level training programmes.


21 April 2017

From dreams to reality – at Toi Ohomai’s graduation

When 800 students graduated from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology on 6 April Julia Kennedy from our Monitoring and Crown Ownership team was invited along as a special guest by the Council’s Chair Cathy Cooney.

How a student-centred approach and data insights transformed Georgia State University

Over the last five years, Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, has used a student-centred approach underpinned by predictive analytics to turn itself around from a low-performing university to one that is defying its poor urban demographics.


10 April 2017

Refresh of Key Information for Students web pages

We have refreshed the KIS web pages to make them easier to use and find supporting documentation. 


31 March 2017

We take complaints seriously

Tim Fowler, our Chief Executive, was on Radio New Zealand this morning discussing the issues raised recently on the pressures some tertiary education staff indicate they feel. 


30 March 2017

Changing lives one word at a time

Private training establishment English Language Partners isn’t just providing its learners with an education – it’s changing communities.


23 March 2017

A fun tool for everyday life

More than 11,000 young people have used the Pathways Awarua Road Code online learning pathway to get them ready for their learner’s licence.


22 March 2017

Auditing is all about the evidence

For tertiary education organisations (TEOs) it can be daunting facing a TEC audit, especially if it’s their first time. 


21 March 2017

Productivity Commission releases its tertiary education report

The Productivity Commission has published its final report on its inquiry into New Models of Tertiary Education. 


14 March 2017

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners to pass on valuable insights

About 88% of new graduates surveyed so far by our new MyQ online survey are satisfied with their qualification.


8 March 2017

New Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence announced

The University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington have both been successful in their bids to host new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).


27 February 2017

Ensuring effective use of the literacy and numeracy assessment tool

We shared Assessment Tool usage data last year and had subsequent conversations with tertiary education organisations (TEOs).


20 February 2017

TEIs now eligible to sponsor a partnership school

The Ministry of Education's fifth application round to establish partnership schools is the first in which tertiary education institutions (TEIs) are eligible to apply.

Domestic students studying overseas now funded

Information for New Zealand citizens and New Zealand permanent residents who study overseas at a campus or delivery site of a New Zealand tertiary education organisation (TEO) in approved countries.


16 February 2017

My Provision app now available for ITOs

The latest addition to our information product library, the My Provision - ITR app, reflects how industry training organisations (ITOs) track and measure their impact.


15 February 2017

Fiji delegation impressed with our progress and data systems

The Fiji Higher Education Commission has much to think about after visiting us last week to learn about our approach to reporting and monitoring.


19 January 2017

MyQ connects graduates with prospective learners to pass on valuable insights

In December we launched MyQ, a new information tool to give prospective students access to information about the value and relevance of tertiary qualifications.


16 January 2017

Consultation on TEI Financial Monitoring Framework

We are reviewing the Financial Monitoring Framework for tertiary education institutions to ensure it is still fit for purpose.

2016

9 November 2016

Our refreshed website 

Welcome to our refreshed website!


9 November 2016

Te reo Māori - our translation 

One of the features of our new website is that some of the key information, including page titles and landing page summaries, has been translated into te reo Māori.


19 October 2016

TEC monitoring of Lincoln University sees $1.5 million repaid to the Crown 

Lincoln University has repaid $1.5 million (GST exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after an independent investigation.   


15 September 2016

Four reviews into Tertiary Education Organisations released  

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has today released four reviews that were initiated after a new approach to data analysis was introduced last year.


23 June 2016

Breach means training provider must repay $1.47 million 

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (the TEC) following an investigation.


12 May 2016

TEC confirms two investigations

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today confirmed it has commissioned investigations at Lincoln University’s Telford Division and at Tai Poutini Polytechnic. 

2015

23 October 2015

 Training provider in breach of funding conditions told to repay TEC $6.2 million 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) says Agribusiness Training Ltd has been told to repay $6.24 million after an independent investigation found it had failed to deliver some vocational education.


7 September 2015

Breach means training provider must repay $7.5 million 

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Taratahi) is to repay $7.5 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) after an independent investigation.


2 July 2015

Investment in tertiary education well monitored 

Oversight of the Government’s $2.8 billion investment in tertiary education is sound, an independent review says. 

2014

11 November 2014

Investigation at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki completed 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have completed an investigation into practices at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).


1 October 2014

Investigation at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi completed 

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have completed an investigation into practices at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWOA).