Gateway funding

Gateway funding

Last updated 30 November 2017
Last updated 30 November 2017

Gateway funding enables secondary schools to give senior students access to structured workplace learning integrated with school-based learning. Students’ learning is assessed in the workplace and they can achieve credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) towards their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Gateway is designed to support school students’ transition into the workforce by offering them workplace learning while at secondary school. This should include a formal agreement (like an individualised learning plan) between the school, the student and the workplace.

The workplace learning should include:

  • set unit standards for the student to work towards and achieve
  • specific assessment methods.

Vocational Pathways provide an advantage

Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2. 

Including Vocational Pathways credits in NCEA allows students to see how their level 2 study leads to higher qualifications and career opportunities, and how their achievement will be valued in the workplace. The Pathways are a useful tool for planning programmes that are in line with what industry recommends.

Schools should closely align their Gateway programme 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 about Vocational Pathways, and tools to design programmes and help students to plan their future career.

How to effectively deliver Gateway to Māori

The Māori Youth Transitions: Gateway report was completed by Te Puni Kōkiri and includes a summary of good practice findings in the Gateway programme. It also highlights examples of different schools’ approaches to delivering the Gateway programme effectively for Māori.

You’ll find the report on the Te Puni Kōkiri website.


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

Gateway logos and how to use them

All Gateway communications must display the Gateway logo.

Read the Gateway Visual Identity Guidelines (PDF, 1 Mb) to see how to use the logo, including minimum size and space requirements.

See below for a black and white and a colour version of the logo (these are for reference only).

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


Gateway logo black

Gateway logo black

 Gateway logo colour

Gateway logo colour