Last updated 9 February 2017
Last updated 02/09/2017

The purpose of Gateway is to enable schools to provide senior students (year 11 and above) with opportunities to access structured workplace learning.

We are in the process of updating these fund pages for 2017.

For the 2017 conditions for Gateway funding, refer to:

Generic conditions that relate to all off-Plan funds

Specific conditions that relate to this fund only

Who applies:  Schools

Agreed through:  Funding Letter (off Plan)

That learning should have:

  • a formalised learning arrangement set in the workplace
  • specified knowledge and skills that a student will attain
  • specified assessment methods (workplace learning).

The TEC provides Gateway funding to meet the costs that a state secondary school or state integrated secondary school incurs in arranging and managing workplace learning, including assessment.

A school can either directly manage the delivery of Gateway, or engage a broker to provide all or part of the programme on its behalf.

A school may use the funding to meet the costs of a broker. However, Gateway funding is not intended to be used to pay for attendance at courses delivered by other tertiary education organisations.


The Gateway funding mechanism (PDF, 230 Kb) is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for the TEC to allocate the funding and details how we administer the fund.

A school that receives Gateway funding is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in the school’s funding confirmation letter.

Schools new to Gateway funding

The process for obtaining Gateway funding varies depending on whether your school is currently delivering Gateway or would be new to Gateway. If your school does not currently receive Gateway funding, but is interested in obtaining Gateway funding you need to apply to the TEC by 31 August. The amount of funding that we can allocate for Gateway is limited, so we will only consider applications from new schools where funding is available.

Schools that are new to Gateway can find out more information about the application process from our Sector Helpdesk. Applications are considered in September for funding for the following calendar year.

To apply, complete the Gateway Funding Application Form (Word, 29 Kb).

You should also review the information on these Gateway pages and in the Gateway Handbook (updated July 2016) (PDF, 855 Kb), to ensure that your school is in a position to deliver a high-quality Gateway programme.

Vocational pathways

The Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 – the qualification considered as foundational for success in further education and work-based training. The inclusion of pathways credits will enable students to see how their level 2 study programme will lead to higher qualifications and future job opportunities and how their achievement will be valued in the workplace. The Vocational Pathways provide a useful tool for course planning to provide cohesive learning options that are recommended by industry.

Schools should closely align their Gateway programmes with one or more of the Vocational Pathways:

  • Primary Industries
  • Services Industries
  • Social and Community Services
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Creative industries

See for more details on the Vocational Pathways, along with tools to plan and design programmes and help students to plan their future career opportunities.


The following resources are available to assist schools delivering Gateway programmes:

Gateway logos

All communications associated with Gateway must display the Gateway logo.

Please read the Gateway Visual Identity Guidelines (updated July 2016) (PDF, 1 Mb) to check how the logo can be used and minimum size and space requirements.

Below are links to a black and white and colour version of the logo. Click on the link to access the files. The images are for reference only.

If you need a different file format (eg, TIFF or PDF file) or have any questions please contact us


Gateway logo black

Gateway logo black

 Gateway logo colour

Gateway logo colour


Delivering Gateway to Māori

The Māori Youth Transitions: Gateway report has been completed by Te Puni Kōkiri and provides a summary of good practice findings in the Gateway programme. It may be of interest to schools running the Gateway programme as it highlights examples of different schools’ approaches to delivering the Gateway programme effectively for Māori. The report can be found on the Te Puni Kōkiri website.