The TEC announced recently that from 2015 the NCALNE (Voc) qualification and training will be a requirement for some tutors. Here’s the announcement in full:
Beginning in 2015, the TEC will be transitioning to requiring tutors who teach foundation-level courses to hold an appropriate qualification, such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) which is known as NCALNE (Voc).
The requirement will only apply to the following funds for 2015:
- Student Achievement Component (SAC) levels 1 and 2 (competitive and non-competitive, including the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative)
- Literacy and numeracy provision (Intensive Literacy and Numeracy, as well as Workplace Literacy).
It will not be required for foundation-level courses for:
- SAC levels 3+
- Youth Guarantee
- Adult and Community Education
In the future, achievement of the NCALNE (Voc) qualification may be required for other funds.
What this change means for providers and tutors
For 2015 a transitional approach will be taken. Providers should be working with individual tutors to confirm one of the following:
- the NCALNE (Voc) qualification has already been achieved
- the tutor is in the process of achieving the NCALNE (Voc) qualification
- the tutor can demonstrate competency in teaching literacy and numeracy in a way that is comparable to achieving the NCALNE (Voc) qualification. Note this option must be on a case-by-case basis and should be discussed with the TEC in advance. This option will be phased out by December 2015 (at the end of the transition period).
In October 2014, we will publish a list of which qualifications that have learning progressions and use the Assessment Tool will be exempted from the NCALNE (Voc) requirement.
A set of questions and answers has been developed to provide additional information.
More information will be made available on the TEC website in mid-October 2014 to assist tutors and providers with preparing for the 2015 transition.