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Transferring arranging training activities
“Arranging training” covers the activities needed to develop and maintain the arrangements for delivering work-based training for learners through employers for on-job components and providers for off-job components. It also includes relevant apprenticeship training activities, including providing pastoral care to apprentices. Arranging training involves supporting employers and learners to achieve industry standards and qualifications, through arranging an appropriate mix of learning and assessment that ensures learners can complete credentials and qualifications through their workplace. Often, this involves a mix of on-job and off-job learning and assessment. It is employer-led, where the employers are primarily the teachers and the employees are the learners. The employers and learners involved enter into a training agreement between themselves and the organisation arranging the training. This training agreement forms part of the learner’s employment agreement. Currently the arranging training role is undertaken by the transitional industry training organisations (TITOs).At a macro level, arranging training includes:
working with employers to understand and develop programmes to satisfy their needs
working with employers to sign up their employees into work-based training
working with employers and their apprentices to develop individual training plans
ensuring learner achievement and progression towards their qualifications
arranging for learners to be assessed against standards
working with providers and employers to organise delivery of any off-job training components
providing holistic support for learners
supporting the employer as a provider and their employees as the learner.
Arranging training for work-based learners is funded through the Industry Training Fund (ITF) and not the Student Achievement Component (SAC).What isn’t arranging training?Arranging training is not the delivery of on-campus or online learning for students enrolled directly in these.What’s important for transition?Te Pūkenga, PTEs, and wānanga have an opportunity to be considered for arranging training as part of transition. Transition of arranging training activities from TITOs must occur by December 2022.After discussion with relevant providers and employers, TITOs will propose in their transition plans where they consider arranging training should transfer to. In considering these transition plans, the TEC Board will be seeking assurance that:
the proposed providers have the support of employers
the proposed providers have capability to provide the same level of service for employers and learners
the transition arrangements ensure there is a smooth transition from the TITO to the proposed providers from a learner and employer perspective.
Which PTEs will be considered for arranging training for transition?
TEC has worked with TITOs using guiding criteria to identify and assess PTEs that may be considered for taking on arranging training. The guiding criteria include (but are not limited to) a PTE that:
Is registered with NZQA
Has a current EER category of 1 or 2 (or hasn’t yet had an EER)
Has accreditation to deliver programmes for qualifications developed by the relevant TITO
Meets TEC financial viability requirements
Has relevant industry support and relationships
Has a track record of working with the relevant industry
Has a track record of working with work-based learners
Is currently working with employers from the relevant industry
Has capability to take on arranging training in line with the success factors identified by the relevant industry and employers
Has appropriate geographical coverage to deliver arranging training activities.
Over the next six months, TITOs will be in touch with those PTEs that meet the guiding criteria to canvas their interest in taking on arranging training from the TITO. TITOs may also contact PTEs that don’t necessarily meet the above criteria, but are seen as possible destinations for arranging training for their sectors. Interested PTEs that do not meet the guiding criteria for transition or are not currently ready to arrange training will be able to apply for funding from TEC once transition is complete i.e from January 2023. What’s required of the PTE?
PTEs will need to understand the responsibilities of arranging training, and the additional resources and activities that will be required to support this. The PTE will need to work closely with the TITO to understand, negotiate and agree the conditions of a transition and provide confidence to the TITO and TEC that it can facilitate a smooth transfer of arranging training activities by December 2022.When could PTEs expect the TITOs to make contact?
Transitional ITOs are at different stages of planning for the transition of their activities. By June 2021 all TITOs should have completed their planning and have made contact with potential PTEs that meet the guiding criteria.
The table below provides indicative dates for when TITOs are likely to engage with potential PTEs to canvas their interest and capability in arranging training for work-based learners. If a PTE believes it satisfies the guiding criteria and is interested in arranging training as part of transition, but has not been contacted by a TITO by the dates listed below, reach out to the relevant TITO in the first instance.


Likely engagement period

BCITO, Competenz, Connexis

HITO, MITO, Primary ITO, ServiceIQ,Skills Active, The Skills Organisation

January to March 2021

March to May 2021

The industries and relevant TITOs are set out in this table. It relates only to the PTEs that were considered as part of this PTE engagement process. That is, industries where PTEs have accreditation to deliver programmes for qualifications developed for the relevant industries by TITOs. If there are industries not in the list, it’s because no PTEs have accreditation to deliver qualifications for those industries, or they do not meet one or more of the other guiding criteria.If further help is needed, please contact out moreFor this information in PDF form, read the Info Sheet (PDF, 533 Kb)For answers to a range of questions, read the Q&As (PDF, 623 Kb)Read a generic definition (PDF, 543 Kb) of the types of activities that Arranging Training involves.