Archived News items by year.
Archived News items by year.
8 September 2021
Boosting support for tertiary students affected by COVID-19
Today, the government announced a $20 million boost to the Hardship Fund for Learners, to be paid out to providers.
8 September 2021
Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark to help remove barriers to learning
The Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark (DFQM) is an initiative to help neurodiverse learners know that an organisation is a safe place for them, where they understand and meet their needs.
2 September 2021
First workforce development council chief executive appointed
Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council today announced the appointment of Philip Aldridge as Chief Executive.
1 September 2021
The Minister of Education has confirmed tertiary fee regulation settings for 2022
Following consultation, the Minister of Education has confirmed fee regulation settings for tertiary education providers in 2022.
20 July 2021
Minister of Education consults on tertiary fee regulation settings for 2022
The Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins invites submissions on fee regulation settings for tertiary education providers in 2022.
16 July 2021
New code of practice for pastoral care of tertiary, international students released
Today, the Government released a new code of practice for the pastoral care of tertiary and international learners, to take effect by 1 January 2022, as required under the Education and Training Act 2020.
15 July 2021
PBRF Sector Reference Group for the Quality Evaluation 2025: call for member nominations
In preparation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation in 2025, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is pleased to announce that we are now inviting nominations for Sector Reference Group (SRG) membership.
7 July 2021
Induction event to kickstart industry leadership in future skills development
A two-day induction event kicks off today for 54 industry leaders and innovators who will play a vital role in ensuring New Zealand’s vocational education system is fit for the needs of today – and tomorrow.
6 July 2021
Appointment of Co-chairs of PBRF Sector Reference Group for the Quality Evaluation 2025
In preparation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation in 2025, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Wiremu Doherty (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa) and Professor Wendy Larner as Co-chairs of the PBRF Sector Reference Group (SRG).
1 July 2021
Performance-Based Research Fund improvements
Today, the Government announced changes to strengthen and build on the successes of the Performance-Based Research Fund.
11 June 2021
WDC legislation locks in special role for manufacturing, engineering and logistics industry stakeholders
Today, legislation came into effect that gives manufacturing, engineering and logistics industry stakeholders a guaranteed platform for shaping the future of vocational education.
4 June 2021
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 2022.
31 May 2021
Inspiring the Future launched for all primary and intermediate schools
Education Minister Chris Hipkins launched the Inspiring the Future national programme at Avalon Intermediate, Lower Hutt.
14 May 2021
The Orders in Council for the WDCs
The Reforms of Vocational Education (RoVE) have taken another significant step with the passing and gazetting of the Orders in Council that will lead to the formal establishment of six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs).
30 April 2021
Simplifying New Zealand qualifications and other credentials
Today, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is leading formal consultation on proposals to simplify New Zealand qualifications and other credentials, and is seeking feedback.
14 April 2021
Call for expressions of interest: Co-chairs of the PBRF sector reference group for the Quality Evaluation 2025
In preparation for the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation in 2025, the TEC is seeking expressions of interest for Co-chairs of the sector reference group (SRG).
8 April 2021
Proposed tertiary student wellbeing and safety changes open for consultation
The Ministry of Education is inviting feedback on a package of changes to help improve the wellbeing and safety for all tertiary and international learners.
31 March 2021
Council member Expressions of Interest for Workforce Development Councils now open
We are working to establish six new Workforce Development Councils, which will enable industry to have a greater leadership role in vocational education.
29 March 2021
TEC launches new system to enhance its customer contact service
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) today launched a modern, industry-standard contact centre technology platform to deliver an improved customer experience.
9 March 2021
Lead the future of workforce development for Aotearoa
Be part of the work to establish the industry leading voice in vocational education.
2 March 2021
Top 10 most popular jobs of 2020
The top 10 most searched jobs on careers.govt.nz in 2020 have a strong focus on service roles.
26 February 2021
Investment Toolkit updated with new tools
New and updated information, products and templates have been added to the Investment Toolkit for the upcoming Investment Round for 2022 funding.
19 February 2021
Change of Chair for the Service Industries Interim Establishment Board
The Reform of Vocational Education Programme (RoVE) has announced that Alastair Carruthers has stepped down from his role as the Chair of the Services interim Establishment Board (iEB) effective from the 10 February 2021...
12 February 2021
Introducing TEC Pūrongo-ā-tau – Annual Report for year end 30 June 2020
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 2020.
4 February 2021
Knowing your learners better leads to learner success
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released Analysing Student Data: Ōritetanga Learner Analytics Ethics Framework to support tertiary education organisations (TEOs) when dealing with data to inform learner success initiatives.
26 January 2021
Programmes under new TTAF target areas announced
The expanded TTAF target areas now include conservation and information technology.
22 January 2021
There’s still time to kōrero mai - have your say
Consultation on the foundation documents that will formally establish Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) as legal entities is closing on Friday 5 February 2021.
20 January 2021
Updated application form for New Zealand Apprenticeships
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has updated the New Zealand Apprenticeship (NZA) application form.
Tertiary Education Commission Board Member Dr Wayne Ngata, has received the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for service to Māori and education in the 2021 New Year Honours.
18 December 2020
More study areas included in free vocational education
The Government has expanded the target areas of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) to include conservation, information technology and additional community support skills.
16 December 2020
Plan guidance released for funding from 2022
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released its Plan Guidance for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) submitting new Plans for funding from 1 January 2022.
Have your say as part of the formation of industry-led Workforce Development Councils
Consultation opens for feedback on Orders in Council proposals.
14 December 2020
Information for students on closure of L3 Airline Academy
Private training establishment (PTE) L3 Airline Academy has confirmed with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) that it intends to close its operations on 5 February 2021 due to the effects of COVID-19.
1 December 2020
Applying for exception to fee limit on micro-credentials
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has opened the 2021 micro-credential fee limit exception process and the application form is now available.
20 November 2020
New campaign to raise the profile of Vocational Education and Training announced
Campaign comes as apprentice and trainee numbers jump.
19 November 2020
Interest in apprenticeships increasing as free trades training starts
Being an apprentice and training in trades have become so much more attractive.
6 November 2020
Fees Free eligibility tool now ready
Learners can now check whether or not they are eligible for Fees Free in 2021.
4 November 2020
Approval process for new Managed Apprenticeships released
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released the approval process for new Managed Apprenticeships.
28 October 2020
Qualification Development Fund
Qualification developers can apply now for Qualification Development Fund funding.
27 October 2020
Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for 2021
After reviewing the submissions received in consultation, the Minister of Education has determined that from 1 January 2021 the AMFM ...
23 October 2020
Funding guarantee for providers who under-deliver due to COVID-19
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is not recovering some funding from tertiary education providers who under-deliver in 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
19 October 2020
New free career advice service available nationwide
An over-the-phone service offering free personalised career guidance from qualified professionals is now available from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in partnership with the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ).
9 October 2020
Research excellence supported with $373m in long term funding
Ten university research programmes have been chosen to share $373.5 million in long term funding as Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has announced.
6 October 2020
University of Waikato wins award for learner success innovation
The University of Waikato has received a 2020 CAUDIT award in recognition of their use of data sets to improve student success.
22 September 2020
Education Minister confirms tertiary education fee regulation settings for 2021
Following consultation, the Minister of Education has confirmed fee regulation settings for tertiary education providers in 2021.
7 September 2020
Help inspire young people about the world of opportunity
Inspiring the Future provides students with a broader view of career options and future work possibilities. The programme aims to help raise New Zealanders' education level and their skills and aspirations to meet the demands of work now and in the future.
4 September 2020
Applications for ESOL Provision by English language schools
English language schools struggling as a result of the border closure to international students can now apply for funding from the Private Training Establishment (PTE) English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Provision Fund.
3 September 2020
Today the Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced that two successful groups have been confirmed to establish the first two Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) – a Primary Sector CoVE and a Construction CoVE.
1 September 2020
New resources to support online teaching practice
The webinar video series hosted by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to enhance online teaching practice and meet the requirements of tertiary learners is now available.
31 August 2020
Fund for PTEs in financial difficulty due to COVID-19 open for application
Private Training Establishments (PTEs) facing difficulties because of the impacts of COVID-19 can now apply for funding from the Private Training Establishment (PTE) Targeted Assistance Fund (TAF).
11 August 2020
GTS Fund will help avert shortage of electricians
The Electrical Training Company (Etco) says the Group Training Scheme (GTS) Fund announced by Government last month will help avert a looming shortage of electricians in the country.
Te Pūkenga (NZIST) head office going to Wintec
Te Pūkenga (NZIST) has announced today that their head office will be located on Wintec’s campus in Hamilton.
10 August 2020
New jobs and training website Connected goes live
The Government has today announced the launch of a new online, phone and onsite service in response to the economic impact of COVID-19, creating a substantial range of initiatives to help businesses and individuals in need.
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.
Financial boost for apprentices and their employers
Beginning this month, apprentices and their employers will start receiving much needed support through the Apprenticeship Boost Scheme.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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.
30 November 2018
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
17 January 2018
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.
20 December 2017
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
26 July 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
9 November 2016
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.
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.
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).