In a series of statements regarding changes to the tertiary education sector, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce also announced that some tertiary providers and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) running courses in high demand will be given increased flexibility to grow their student numbers without waiting for funding approval from the Tertiary Education Commission.
Joyce says the change isn’t a return to the days of focusing on “bums on seats”, but rather a mechanism to give tertiary providers the chance to grow if their courses are in demand from students.
“The government’s performance-linked funding model ensures that providers are focused on achieving results for their students, not just enrolments.”
Providers will be eligible for additional funding for student achievement component, Youth Guarantee Fees-Free, and New Zealand Apprenticeships places.
The ITF’s Josh Williams has welcomed the increased flexibility for ITOs to sign on New Zealand Apprentices in high demand areas.
“It will allow ITOs to respond to areas that are crying out for skilled workers, and provide more people with the chance to take on a New Zealand Apprenticeship, earn while they learn, and develop skills that are vital for our economy.”