1. What’s on offer?

The course is called the National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education (Vocational Tutor/Lecturer or Workplace Trainer). We abbreviate this to the NCALE (Voc). Our course is based around Unit Standard 21204 - Develop adult learners' literacy and numeracy skills within a training or education programme. The course requires you to complete 40 credits at level 5 including Unit Standard 21204.

2. How much does it cost?

In 2010 TEC is reduced the amount of the Study Grant which means a cost to learners. Currently study is still subsidised, provided you are eligible for the TEC study grant. The current fee is $500+GST per learner. We work with groups and we need a minimum size of 10 learners. Further costs to you may be your own time and travel.

3. What’s in it for trainers and tutors?

You will increase your awareness of adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand and learn more about how to embed literacy and numeracy into your training programme. You will learn to really know the demands of your training, your learners, and what to do about it.

4. What if I’m not a literacy or numeracy expert?

Then this programme is for you. If you are already a literacy or numeracy expert you should probably be doing a different course. This course is for you if you are already an expert in your chosen field of work and you want to add some literacy and numeracy expertise to your toolbox of teaching and learning skills.

5. What’s in it for Training Providers?

Supporting your trainers and tutors in this professional development programme may help you comply with new Literacy and Numeracy Quality Assurance (LNQA) from NZQA. This training may also help your organisation work towards meeting TEC goals including implementing the Learning Progressions. If you do vocational training you should be developing tutors capable of running embedded literacy and numeracy programmes.

6. What’s in it for Industry and the Workplace?

There is strong evidence that a focus on literacy and numeracy skills can improve productivity, reduce wastage and re-work, and as well as boost staff morale. Those details aside, boosting levels of literacy and numeracy are a national priority.

7. How do I apply?

Contact Graeme Smith at ALEC on 0800-ALEC-1-2 or email on graeme@alec.ac.nz if you have a group from your industry or organisation that is interested. The number of places for this training is limited to the number of study grants available. There may be a waiting list available in the event that we are full.

8. Is the NCALE (Voc) a full time course?

No. It’s a part time course designed for people who are working in teaching and training positions.

9. How long will it take?

The NCALE (Voc) training can take up to 40 weeks of part time study, but usually less depending on your situation. We will negotiate the training schedule with you and your organisation where possible.

10. Can I fast track?

It depends. Give us a call to discuss. There may be the possibility of recognised prior learning (RPL) or more intensive study.

11. What kind of course is it?

The course is a supported distance course. That means learners are expected to work independently but there will be a series of intensive workshops with your tutor.

12. How often will participants meet?

Timing and delivery of workshops will be negotiated where possible but we typically deliver five days of training. The format is 2 x two-day intensive workshops followed by a one day workshop and wrap up session.

13. Where will the tutorials be held?

Primarily, we deliver on site at our learners’ organisations. But this may depend on the group that you are in. Typically, we work with groups from industry or particular organisations.

14. How many credits is it?

Unit Standard 21204 is worth 30 credits and the NCALE (Vocational) is worth 40 credits. We will build in the elective credits that you need to make up to the total of 40 credits.

15. How can I find out more about unit standard 21204 or any of these qualifications?

Talk to us or go to: www.nzqa.govt.nz. The unit standards for this qualification have changed as of June 2010 so contact us if you have any questions. We'll be using the most recent versions available.

16. What kind of people can join?

The NCALE (Voc) and US 21204 is specifically for adult educators from non-literacy subject areas where the main purpose is to develop skills other than literacy and numeracy. Anyone providing workforce-focused adult education training, whether on the job or off the job may be eligible to join.

17. What kind of support can you give me? 

Where we can, we will customise delivery of the course to suit your particular needs. Talk to us. As well as the face-to-face training, we'll be available to talk to you by phone or email. All of the study materials (plus more) are available in digital format on this website also.

18. How do I register to access the online resources and materials?

You need to be a current enrolled NCALE student with ALEC. Then you just click here and we'll validate your web registration as soon as we see it in the system. Alternatively, you can click the MY ALEC tab on the top, and the click the link that says "Need to register?"

19. Do I need to have my own learners or students? 

Yes. You need to have access to learners of your own that you can work with to do some of the project work with. Everyone's situation is different so please talk to us if you are not sure of your particular context. 

20. I've already done my National Certificate in Adult Education and Training. Does this help? 

Yes. It's not a prerequisite, but we often find that people who have already done other training at level 5 like the adult education unit standards (e.g. US11551 or US11552) come to terms with the NCALE content much faster and produce better outcomes.

21. I've just started tutoring and training. Should I do this course? 

The NCALE (Voc) is not an introductory course in how to teach adults. In our experience, people need to have at least two years teaching experience before they do NCALE. We also recommend that you do some of the other level 5 units, like US11551, first as we like to see that you can cope with the demands of study at level 5. In terms of difficulty, level 5 is about the same as what you would get in the first year of a university programme.

22. I'm frustrated because your website won't let me sign in. What's wrong ? 

In most cases, if you are having trouble logging in it's because you haven't done the registration process and waited for us to validate your registration. See question 18 for instructions.


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