The Edvance Philosophy

Directors of Edvance, Peter Robieson and Ruth O’Keefe recognised that workplace literacy can affect the bottom line. They wanted to challenge business managers who would never dream of asking their employees if they could read, write or add and never realised how low literacy, numeracy or computer skills was affecting their business bottom line.

They wanted to show businesses that a personalised training programme designed for their business would give their team the education that directly improves their operational performance and a happier, more positive team with better communication and workplace morale.

Seven years on, Edvance continues to grow and be part of new and exciting initiatives to increase the awareness of how workplace literacy can impact not only on the business but the individuals that are part of this.  

We have a team of committed staff and contractors that have a wealth of knowledge and experience.  “They are as passionate as we are about changing people lives.” Says Peter.

Our Vision

A skilled and literate workforce

Our Mission

To work with individuals to advance workplace skills and personal learning goals

What we do, why we do it and how we do it?

Edvance receives funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Workplace Literacy (WPL) Funding pool and uses this funding to support the delivery of learning programmes to clients. Programmes are delivered across multiple and culturally diverse employer sites nationwide.

Each participant, who must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident, is offered a 44 hour programme of learning with delivery in small groups. The majority of our WPL TEC funded programmes run for between 20 to 30 weeks. Each client company can access the TEC funding pool via Edvance for two years.


To be eligible each participant must be

  1. a citizen of New Zealand or have Permanent Residency. 
  2. have a low level in literacy or numeracy
  3. is and continues to be, in the paid workforce and is not:
  • enrolled as a full-time learner at a TEO or
  • accessing TEC-funded literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy provision at another TEO or workplace.

Definition of low level in literacy or numeracy, or literacy and numeracy

For the purpose of this condition, a learner has a low skill level in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy:

a)  if the learner has fewer than 80 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF); or

b)  if the learner has more than 80 credits on the NZQF, the learner has fewer than 12 credits in literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy in unit standards and/or achievement standards.

To prove you are a NZ Citizen you need to photocopy either your Birth Certificate or your passport front page.

Learning Journey

Participants can move through a learning journey that meets the client company needs and employees’ individual needs. Consequently several companies are choosing to fund ongoing workplace literacy, business communication and leadership programmes with Edvance.

Our programmes are NZQA accredited and we also offer non-credit courses, which cover a wide range of topics:

  • Reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Skills for working with others
  • Skills for leading others
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Digital literacy skills (computing) - general keyboard skills, internet, email and web browsing skills, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access training using your software and computers
  • Oral communication skills
  • Document use (manuals, SOP’s, forms and reports)
  • And more - just ask and we’ll be able to assist


  • EMA
  • Chamber Commerce - Tauranga
  • Priority One
  • Migrant Support Network
  • Literacy Aotearoa
  • Pathways Awarua
  • National Centre for Literacy and Numeracy Adults
  • Skills Highway