NZ and Australian Fees

FIE Training Costs

For four years, FIE in Israel charged a $10,000 commission fee for each class delivered in New Zealand, irrespective of whether there were just two trainees or 30 trainees and irrespective of the huge pro bono work undertaken by volunteers to champion their programme.  This was unsustainable.  FIE recently dropped this fee to a per-head basis and charge just US$150 per trainee; courses are now at $750.

Melbourne’s trainee charge is A$900 and their trainings are recommended – trainee feedback is excellent and Melbourne delivered to over130 NZ teachers with great reviews.

Independent Schools Victoria – Feuerstein Training Centre

When budgeting for a training by a Melbourne trainer, take into consideration the following:

US$150 pp commission to Israel; NZ$250 pp course resources; $2000 trainer fee; potential accommodation of trainer, food costs, venue costs etc (below will guide you).

Background:

50+ trainings were delivered throughout NZ over the past four years – at substantial financial loss of $800,000 to Anne and David Gaze who championed all funding and man-power.  Israel demanded a $10,000 commission fee for each class delivered in NZ and denied repeated requests for the US150 per person afforded other countries.  The costs were unsustainable, we only ever averaged 6-7 fully-paying trainees per class, some classes of 30 there were no paying attendees, but run for the benefit of our Learning Supported children in NZ.  The losses were exorbitant.

All 5-day trainings for the past 4 years were at $1100 plus GST – including $250 pp for all Teacher Manuals/resource materials needed for trainings.

We were dedicated to keeping the cost of the training at the lowest possible bar. Elsewhere, the same trainings were as high as circa $4,500+, but our lack of overheads due to our huge pro bono hours – no salaries, no leased premises, we cleaned the toilets etc – these courses were available at the least possible cost.

We ensured one of the following was available:

  • kitchenette facilities or
  • on-site cafe availability or
  • cafe van to the site

Historic training costs (25:1):

$10,000Class fee/commission – paid to FIE (exchange-rate determined, has been as high as $14k and as low as $9,400)
$5,000Trainer air-travel (can be as high as $6k, as low as $4k)
$1,750Trainer accommodation at $250 per night, 7 nights
$5,250Resources at $250 per person plus GST (this delivered all Teacher Manuals for each ‘instrument’ taught +-5 per course)
$700Trainer food and incidentals ($100 per day/night)
$0Donated room hire, mailchimp, website, postage, incidental printing, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, cleaning etc. (classroom charges were at the discretion of the school and were determined on a case-by-case basis)
$22,700= 20.6 persons paying $1100 (GST excluded, excluding all variable costs)

To deliver a training on a 25:1 basis that covered fixed and variable costs (excluding hours of voluntary work involved) historically evidence of cost was at $31,345 per training – even if we had 25 fully paying trainees (we only ever averaged just 6-7 fully paying per class), there was a substantial deficit.

We delivered a NZ-based Trainer in July 2016 and FIE changed their commission structure as a one-off gesture. We were still exposed to:

$5,400FIE annual fee (US$4000)
$0Air travel
$0Trainer accommodation
$4,250Resources at $250 plus GST per person
$0Trainer food and incidentals
$0Room hire
$2,500Trainer fee
$2,627pp fee – US$110 charge per trainee by Israel
$3,430Certificates at US$150 pp
$18,207= 16.55 persons paying $1100 (GST excluded, just to break-even on fixed costs, variables, voluntary hours etc excluded)

Whichever way we juggled, without the significant philanthropic funds donated by David Gaze, we could not meet the fixed costs, nor pay all variable expenses, including huge unpaid man hours championing the programme, occupation costs (volunteers ran from home studies), website, couriers/postage, mailchimp, payment pathway costs, courier costs and labour costs to individually send out each certificate etc.

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