Last updated 21 August 2017
Last updated 21 August 2017

This page sets out the eligibility criteria for the DualPathways Pilot.

TEO eligibility

To be eligible to access funding for the DualPathways Pilot:

  • you must be:
    • an institute of technology or polytechnic (ITPs)
    • a private training establishment (PTE)
    • a wānanga, or
    • a university, and 
  • you must also continue to be quality assured by:
    • the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), if an ITP, a wānanga or a PTE, or
    • the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, if a university, and
  • you must be a tertiary education provider that is currently funded for:
    • Youth Guarantee provision, or
    • SAC Level 1 to 3 funded provision (either directly or via sub-contracting arrangements) in 2016 and 2017.

Industry training organisations

If you are an industry training organisation (ITO), you can also participate in the DualPathways Pilot in partnership with a tertiary education provider to strengthen links with employers and industry.

You are not eligible for DualPathways Pilot funding directly, although a tertiary education provider or school may choose to share its funding with you.

Programme eligibility


NZQA approval

To be eligible for DualPathways Pilot funding, a tertiary education provider must have delivery site approval, and programme approval and accreditation from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

For more information about NZQA programme approval and accreditation please see the NZQA website. Tertiary education providers can also contact their NZQA programme approval evaluator for further information regarding the approvals process. 

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) approval

In addition, DualPathways Pilot funding must only be used for programmes that have been approved by us – delivery sites, qualifications (including concurrent qualifications), and courses. 

See Qualifications and courses, and the criteria for funding approval below.

Criteria for funding approval

For DualPathways Pilot funding, the programme must:

  • target secondary school students who would benefit from vocationally focused tertiary education opportunities, and who are not planning to enter university to continue their education
  • be an NZQF qualification-based programme at level 2 or 3 where the qualification is industry-relevant, to support secondary students to move from school into work and/or higher level education
  • if NCEA level 2, be aligned to one or more of the Vocational Pathways
  • be no more than 0.35 EFTS
  • include literacy and numeracy provision
  • be agreed in partnership and collaboration between the tertiary education provider, secondary school and employer(s)/industry, and
  • address industry regional demand, and national and regional skill needs.  

In addition to the above criteria, for 2018, we are prioritising funding to DualPathways Pilot programmes that:

  • are an industry qualification-based programme, particularly at level 3
  • include embedded literacy and numeracy provision, and
  • are delivered face-to-face (for example, not delivered via distance learning or in a work-based setting) by the funded tertiary education provider. 


You must not subcontract delivery of any programme without our prior written approval.

Note: ‘subcontracting' refers to a situation in which a tertiary education provider uses DualPathways Pilot funding to pay another organisation to deliver teaching and/or assessment on its behalf. This excludes:

  • teaching and learning activities contracted to individuals or organisations that are not tertiary education providers (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)
  • learning that occurs within vocational placements such as a workplace placement or practicum.

Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool

You must have in place an effective assessment process for identifying each learner’s initial literacy and numeracy needs and measuring their progress using the most appropriate option in the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (from the Adult, Youth, Te Ata Hāpara and Starting Points options).

Student eligibility

DualPathways Pilot students must be:

  • a domestic student as defined in section 159 of the Education Act 1989 
  • 16 to 19 years of age (inclusive) at the time they commence the programme
  • currently enrolled in a state or state secondary school
  • not concurrently enrolled/participating in another formal secondary-tertiary programme as defined in the Education Act 1989 (for example, a Trades Academy), and
  • enrolled in no more than 0.35 EFTS of DualPathways Pilot funded tertiary provision.