Policy and Guidelines for the Conduct of External Evaluation and Review - Supplement for Government Training Establishments

Introduction

This supplement explains how NZQA’s evaluative approach to quality assurance is being implemented for government training establishments (GTEs). It was developed in consultation with GTEs and recognises their unique role and function within the tertiary education sector.

The GTE supplement should be read in conjunction with NZQA's Policies and Guidelines for the Conduct of External Evaluation and Review, which is the primary source of information about the evaluative approach to quality assurance for GTEs.

The Supplement for Government Training Establishments (PDF, 352KB) is also available as a downloadable document.

The GTE supplement provides additional information about how the new approach will be interpreted in the context of GTEs.

Government training establishments

GTEs are defined in section 159 of the Education Act 1989 as the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Defence Force and any Crown entity or government department that is approved by the Minister of Education.

There are seven GTEs at present providing training and educational courses within:

  • The New Zealand Police Training Service Centre
  • Naval Training – HMNZS Philomel
  • The New Zealand Army
  • The Royal New Zealand Air Force Training Group
  • Child Youth and Family
  • Prison Services
  • The New Zealand Fire Service, National Training.

GTEs provide on-the-job training and educational courses for the employees who work for their parent organisations. GTEs seek NZQA consent to assess standards from the Directory of Assessment Standards. These standards are recognised in the wider workforce. Most GTEs offer some NZQA-approved and accredited programmes leading to qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Scope of NZQA’s quality assurance of GTEs

NZQA provides quality assurance for qualifications and courses that are covered by course approval and accreditation[1], consent to assess standards from the Directory of Assessment Standards and qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework[2].

These statutory requirements limit the scope of NZQA quality assurance of GTEs to NZQA-approved and accredited courses, standards from the Directory of Assessment Standards and qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Not all courses run by GTEs are NZQA accredited or approved. These courses are not covered by NZQA’s statutory mandate and will not automatically be included within the scope of an external evaluation and review.

GTEs can choose to have their other courses evaluated by NZQA if they wish. The arrangements and costs for a discretionary external evaluation and review would be set out in a contract between NZQA and the GTE in question.

[1] Established by NZQA under s253 (1) (d) and (e). and ss258 and 259 of the Education Act 1989

[2] Established as part of NZQA’s statutory function under s253c of the Education Act 1989

 
 
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