Free course to eligible NZ citizens and NZ permanent residents


Programme Name: Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN)
Specialised Area: Literacy and numeracy
Government Funding Body: Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
Programme Level: NZQA Learning Progression Step 1, 2; 100 hours direct classroom learning sessions
Weekly tuition guide: Free for eligible learners such as permanent residents and citizens. Offered full-time or part-time
Contact: Nathaniel Rowe (tel: 022 321 8640 ), email:

Who Should Enrol?

TEC’s Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) fund supports provision of high quality, fees-free literacy and numeracy learning for individuals with low-level literacy and numeracy skills. For further information, see TEC’s website.

The programme is aimed at:

  • New Zealand Permanent Residents and Citizens;
  • Refugees;
  • Learners with literacy and numeracy needs;
  • Learners wanting to up-skill to join the workforce.

Entry Requirement

An eligible learner will meet the following criteria:

  • is a domestic student; and,
  • has low skill levels in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, as determined by EMS;
  • has fewer than 80 credits on the NZQF; or
  • has more than 80 credits on the NZQF but fewer than 12 credits in literacy and/or numeracy in unit standards and/or achievement standards; or
  • when assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool presents at Step 1 or 2 on the Learning Progressions for reading and/or numeracy.

We usually conduct a placement test during the enrolment process.

Enrolment documents

ILN is a dedicated programme for New Zealand Permanent Residents and Citizens. We accept the following original identification documents:

For every learner we need:

  • a New Zealand passport


For New Zealand-born learners:

  • A New Zealand birth certificate (with photo ID)
  • A Whakapapa statement signed by both the learner and kaumātua (with photo ID)


For Migrants and Refugees:

  • An overseas passport and New Zealand Permanent Resident visa

Photocopies of the above documents must be verified by a Justice of the Peace, a lawyer, or a court official (Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar).

Programme Aim

The programme aims to raise adult literacy and numeracy skills and increase opportunities for adults to engage in literacy and numeracy learning, particularly for those in low-skilled employment. ILN is one of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)’s long-term strategic focuses. ILN targets stronger literacy and numeracy learning gains through a well-structured delivery with strong community links.

The desired outcome of the ILN programme is to improve literacy and numeracy skills against TEC and NZQA Learning Progressions. Our pre-employment, job placement and work support service are added benefits of the programme. We have met or exceeded the contract targets of:

  • over 80% of learners have completed the programme
  • 100% of individual learning plans were developed and followed
  • over 50% of learners received part/ full-time employment assistance

Programme Structure

Our ILN curriculum covers 20 modules over 20 weeks. Each module covers relevant numeracy, reading, vocabulary, writing, listening and speaking skills.

#Week Module Topics
1 and 2 Form Filling and Notices – Work and Income & other government departments
  • Form Filling
  • Notifications and advice
  • Formal Communication
3 Accommodation
  • Rental agreements
  • Writing to landlords
4 and 5 Community Participation
  • Joining a library
  • Reading local newspapers
  • Organisations, Services and institutions
6 Shopping
  • Product descriptions
  • Economising, bargains & saving
7 and 8 Paying Bills
  • Rent
  • Power and gas
  • Phone
9 and 10 Emergencies
  •  Civil Defence
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitals and doctors
11 Tax
  • Calculating income tax
  • Calculating GST
12 and 13 Health and Medicine
  • Prescriptions
  • Instructions for medicines
14 and 15 Travel and Transport
  • Public transport
  • Travel and Holiday
  • At the airport
16 and 17 Employment
  • Job vacancies
  • CVs, Interview Q&A
  • Application letters, Thank you Letters
18 Childcare
  • Schools (absences, reports)
  • Babysitting
  • Asking for advice (incl. Healthline)
19 Driving
  • Road signs
  • The Road Code
  • The driving test
20 Voting
  • Registering as a voter
  • Voting
  • Local and national elections


Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)

LNAAT is an online adaptive tool primarily designed to provide robust and reliable information on the reading, writing, numeracy and vocabulary skills of adults. This information informs the development of learning interventions that match learners’ needs and strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills. The Assessment Tool also allows learners to track their progress over time and enable educators and organisations to report on the progress made by groups or cohorts of learners.

We use LNAAT (including the Starting Points option) to measure each learner’s initial literacy and numeracy skill level, and to measure his or her literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy progress, as appropriate. EMS carries out:

  • an initial assessment of each learner’s literacy and numeracy skill levels at the beginning of the programme of study or training in which the learner is enrolled; and
  • a progress assessment of each learner in either literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, as appropriate, at the end of the programme of study or training in which the learner is enrolled.

2018 class schedule

Classes start every Monday of the year except during the two-week Christmas holiday period. Each learner is expected to complete 100 learning hours.

Graduate Options

  • Academic pathways to further study
  • Our pre-employment, job placement and work support service will help learners to build confidence in seeking part-time or full-time employment.

For further information and enrolment details, please contact us: