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Final stage of 2024 strategic funding allocations for PTEs nearing completion

Final stage of 2024 strategic funding allocations for PTEs nearing completion

Last updated 30 April 2024
Last updated 30 April 2024

The 2024 PTE Strategic Fund will invest over $20 million in private training establishments (PTEs) for vocational education and training (VET) initiatives and to support innovative new provision for learners.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) ran a contestable process in late 2023 for all eligible PTEs to apply for funding to respond to national and regional skills priorities, or to develop or maintain VET programmes.

That process saw $8.9 million allocated to 50 PTEs for 61 VET initiatives through the PTE Strategic Fund. We received 122 proposals from 79 PTEs.

The 2024 fund was not fully allocated through this competitive process. The TEC is working with the PTE sector to ensure all strategic funding is allocated for 2024. We will allocate the remaining funding across the sector based on a set of eligibility and risk criteria, and on a pro rata basis determined by the PTE’s existing vocational funding.

“This funding both builds on last year’s initiatives and supports new projects for 2024. The specific initiatives identified in the competitive process demonstrated awareness of the needs of New Zealand, and will support industry, employers and learners to meet these needs for the benefit of both the national economy and in our regions. The distribution of the remaining funding will give PTEs the opportunity to be as well placed as they can be to better meet those needs, and have the tools to do so,” said Deputy Chief Executive – Delivery, Gillian Dudgeon.

“We will continue to work with industry advisors and regional leaders to understand national and regional labour skills needs as they evolve.”

Successful proposals from the first round include:

  • promoting careers in iwi Māori primary land-based industries in Te Tairāwhiti
  • regional web development programmes
  • improving rural connectivity and the delivery of online learning
  • development of a new cybersecurity qualification
  • the use of mixed reality and augmented reality technologies to improve content for plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying apprentices, and
  • development of an integrated pathway that aligns attraction, job placement, training, and retention efforts for the dairy sector.

The list of successful proposals from the contestable round is below.

Successful proposals from the initial competitive round of PTE strategic funding for 2024

Tertiary education organisation

Amount approved

Initiative title

Mission Ready HQ Limited


EmpowerED: Revolutionising Education for Learner Success and Equity

Skills Active Te Mahi Ako Ltd


Pilot Project: Māori and Pasifika Learner Support Forums


Development of workplace guidance and templated materials to support increased engagement and success for ākonga of Te Mahi Ako Mātauranga Māori programmes

Techtorium New Zealand Institute of Information Technology Limited


Improve Data Management to support the Learner Success Plan


Supporting the aspirations of Māori ākonga and improving outcomes for Māori ākonga and their whānau

New Zealand School of Education Limited


Enhancing engagement and outcomes through learner journey mapping and holistically understanding the learners and needs through data-driven insights achieved by integration of data information systems

Queenstown Resort College Limited


Kaiako Kaieke: a pathways programme

Apprentice Training New Zealand 2010 Trust


Evolving the delivery of ATNZ’s apprenticeship and work-based training by embedding te ao Māori and Pacific culture and values to enhance the learning experience of ākonga mahi enrolled in Mechanical Engineering and related programmes

Fruition Horticulture (BOP) Ltd


Develop and implement initiatives and interventions that focus on horticultural learner wellbeing and safety, seeded by the holistic wraparound Whare Tapa Whā model

Vertical Horizonz New Zealand Limited


Elevating Industrial Safety: An Innovative blended learning approach

BOP School of Welding Limited (T/A New Zealand Welding School)


Strengthening Guided Pathways for Māori and Pasifika Tauira

Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre


E Hoki Ana Hei Kaitiaki Return to Guardianship Living Laboratory of Learning – Mātauranga Māori and Sustainability focus

Te Kura Toi Whakaari o Aotearoa New Zealand Drama School Incorporated


To undertake a Te Tiriti-centric cultural audit of Toi Whakaari and develop strategies for centring mātauranga Māori within the ongoing development of its diploma programmes

Air New Zealand (T/A Aviation Institute)


Building on our digitalised teaching methods, exploration of VR learning opportunities, improving Māori cultural connection/Kaupapa in the workplace

Shribrown Limited


Maintenance, enhancement and extension of 2023 initiative improving student support to foster employability

Skills4Work Limited


Transforming Learning through Immersive Technology

Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoors Education


Cultural Impact Research: A project for supporting Māori being able to participate as Māori

Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa


Manaakitia te tangata, whakatipua te whenua – Tuatahi

Valley Education & Training Enterprises Ltd


Rural Connectivity, Computers and Classrooms

Wera Consultants Ltd


Empowering students with constant connectivity relevant resources and engaging online interactions around the clock

Nelson Aviation College Limited


Training Beyond the Standard – Providing a sustainable, safe, and connected environment of flight training excellence

New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy Limited


Virtual Reality Simulator

Youth Cultures and Community Trust


Creating transformational educational experiences for Youth Workers in Aotearoa, which leads to change and development for all young people in New Zealand

Dairy Training Limited

 $ 212,700

Piloting the Integrated Pathways into Dairy Industry Employment programme

Future Skills Academy Limited


Implementation of the Māori Strategic Framework

Marine and Specialised Technologies Academy of NZ (MAST Academy)


Support staff to develop and deliver engaging activities to school students through workshops to promote and introduce the industry to them and career advisers, supporting the transition from school to work and post school journeys

MAST Academy


Micro-credential development and resources review and development

Industry Connection for Excellence (ICE)



Incorporate real-world assisted reality technology utilised in Mining, Technical Field support, Aged Care and other industries into the learning environment


Blended learning material for Electronic Engineering apprenticeship

St John New Zealand


Resource development for Te Manawaroa First Responders

Future Skills Academy Limited


Curriculum development and programme maintenance 2024

Ignite Colleges Limited


New Zealand Apprenticeship for the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with strands in Arable Farming, Dairy Farming, Breeding Livestock Farming, and Non-Breeding Livestock Farming

Techtorium New Zealand Institute of Information Technology Limited


Enhancement of digital course content: Building Resilience in Tertiary Education

New Zealand School of Education Limited


Addressing skill demand within Aotearoa, by expanding its portfolio in education and social services

Media Design School


Digital & Creative Technology Pathways for Māori, Pacific and Underserved Learners

New Zealand Management Academies Limited


New and existing programme development in cookery, trades, business and neurodiversity; and maintenance of priority programmes within existing sports portfolio, including personal training and sports and recreation

Yoobee Colleges Limited


Enhancing Accessible Learning: Developing Online Content for Priority Learners and Industries

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Incorporated


Micro-credentials for the education sector and associated groups

Vet Nurse Plus


NZ Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (companion animal strand) programme development, additional staff member to deliver online learning and pastoral care, staff training on working with Māori learners, working with disabled learners, and multiculturalism

Arai Te Uru Kōkiri Training Trust


Re-developing its face-to-face Whānau Ora (L3) programme to be available online as a blended delivery model

AdventureWorks ltd


Produce interactive and engaging video and online content to support current programs

Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd


Extending the opportunity for career advancement to our crews in the NZ Seafood Industry

Wai Tech Limited


Wai-Tech Online Learning Videos

Fruition Horticulture (BOP) Ltd


Micro-credential Provision in the Food and Fibre Sector

Bay of Plenty Technical Institute Ltd


Review and report on programme materials upgrade and maintenance

Anamata Charitable Trust (T/A Te Pu Wananga o Anamata)


Programme Development and Upgrade

Seafood Training Services Limited


Organisational resource to assist in aligning with governmental changes and effects

The International Travel College of NZ Limited


ITC Online platform maintenance

Franklin Institute of Agri-Technology Limited


Integrating Indoor Horticulture Production and Mātauranga Māori

Shribrown Limited


Curriculum development and programme maintenance

Te Aratika Industry Training Limited


He Mahi Hou, a programme and associated resources that better supports the needs of Māori and Pasifika rangatahi, employees and leaders in the infrastructure industry

Omne Marine Training Centre Limited


Developing a new qualification, NZ Certificate in Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Piloting (Level 4), working with Toi Mai and industry, and purchasing an ROV to support the programme

Queenstown Resort College


Development of micro-credentials for the tourism industry and technology sector

Enspirial Academy Limited


Design and co-delivery of a pilot web developer bootcamp to serve Māori in three regions

Personalised Education Ltd


Supporting Māori and Pacifica to be successful in online learning, by customising the learning experience to the individual learners so they have the best chance of being successful

School of Audio Engineering (NZ) Ltd


Develop new programmes in Songwriting and Musicianship, including a Diploma for 2024 delivery and a Bachelor Degree for 2025 delivery

Youth Cultures and Community Trust


Development of the Level 6 Youth Development Program

New Zealand Institute of Education 2007 Ltd


Developing Aotearoa New Zealand’s first AI (Artificial Intelligence) Marketing programmes

Training For You Limited


Level Four Home Based Early Childhood Qualification