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Last updated 25 November 2016 13:59 by NZTecAdmin

Tertiary Education Commission

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Te Amorangi Matauranga Matua is responsible for leading the government's relationship with the tertiary education sector. TEC is responsible for funding tertiary education in New Zealand, assisting our people to reach their full potential and contributing to the social and economic well-being of the country.

The TEC is responsible for funding the government’s contribution to tertiary education and training offered by universities, polytechnics, wananga, private training establishments, industry training organisations and adult and community education providers. The long-term desired outcome is a well-performing network of provision that produces quality outcomes for learners and stakeholders.

Raising the literacy and numeracy skills of the workforce is also the responsibility of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The focus is on achieving a common understanding about what is meant by literacy and numeracy and how organisations can successfully integrate these underpinning skills into existing qualifications, programmes and courses.

This is being achieved through the development of a nationally coherent adult literacy and numeracy infrastructure, which includes streamlined options for funding, a whole-of-organisation response to literacy and numeracy development, ongoing professional development and qualifications for educators, resources for teaching and learning and a national assessment tool.

The TEC Adult Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy sets out how the TEC will work with and across the tertiary sector, industry, government, iwi and the community to help strengthen and raise the literacy and numeracy skills of adults who are currently in or near to work. This strategy has been developed in consultation with sector stakeholders and other government agencies.

The Skills Highway programme seeks to connect employers with the information and resources to help them improve their employees' literacy and numeracy skills. Its main activities include:

  • managing the Skills Highway website
  • supporting the Workplace Literacy Leaders Forum, an employer champions group
  • sponsoring the Skills Highway Award, run as part of the annual EEO Trust 'Work and Life' Awards.



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