Engineering Education 2 Employment (EE2E) - Secondary-Tertiary Pathways

About the Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project

The EE2E Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project is an initiative targeted to increase the number of engineering graduates in New Zealand. The initiative will support secondary schools and TEOs to work collaboratively to deliver programmes that will successfully prepare and pathway students – particularly women, Māori, and Pasifika – into tertiary engineering study.

Applications are now closed.

Applications for the EE2E STPP closed at 5pm on 27 May 2016. We expect to notify successful applicants of the outcomes by the end of June.

Who is eligible

To be eligible for STPP funding, your organisation must be one of the following:

  • a university
  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a wānanga
  • a private training establishment (PTE) or
  • a state, or state integrated, or partnership school kura hourua secondary school.

TEOs must provide evidence of a partnership between secondary schools and tertiary providers. The partnership must involve one or more tertiary providers approved to deliver TEC-funded, quality assured engineering qualifications at levels 6 and 7 on the NZQF, and one or more secondary schools.

TEOs also need to demonstrate how their partnership will work to better align school curricula, subject choice, and delivery to ensure smoother transitions between secondary school and tertiary education in engineering prerequisite subjects.

Frequently asked questions

What successful projects will deliver

Successful projects will result in:

  • students entering into tertiary engineering study ready for the challenge
  • increased enrolments in level 6-7 engineering qualifications
  • increased numbers of under-represented groups enrolling in engineering including women, Māori, and Pasifika
  • the establishment of clearly articulated pathways between secondary school and tertiary engineering study
  • increased awareness of the range of engineering study and careers in the community.

For more information

If you have any questions about the project send them to the EE2E Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project e-mail address.

Frequently asked questions



How do I know if I am eligible to apply?  

The EE2E STPP is aimed at getting secondary schools and eligible tertiary providers to work together to submit a joint application.

Tertiary providers must be approved to deliver TEC-funded, quality assured, engineering qualifications at levels 6 and 7 of the NZQF (for example the Bachelor of Engineering Technology or the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering).

You can find out which tertiary providers are able to deliver these qualifications on the NZQA website.

Evidence of your partnership could include the joint submission of your application form, description of how you have collaborated to create the proposed activities, how you will share services and resources etc.  

If you cannot provide evidence that you are working with other providers, you may not be eligible.


Are students required to complete a whole qualification during the course of this project or could they complete parts of a qualification (e.g. similar to Trades Academy or parts of multiple qualifications)? 

The aim of the projects should be to provide initiatives that pathway students from schools into tertiary study.  A potential outcome measure could be:

  • the number of students in the project who enrol in a relevant tertiary engineering  qualification

However, the completion of all/part of a qualification is outside the scope of the project (and would be subject to the standard rules and monitoring).


Will the secondary-tertiary pathways project affect schools’ funding? Do they lose any funding for the time the student is out of school?

No, school funding should not be affected by taking part in the secondary-tertiary pathways project. Schools are only at risk of losing funding if students are out of school for more than 5 hours per week.

As the EE2E STPP is not intended for students to attend courses or undertake qualifications at a tertiary provider, students are not expected to be out of ‘normal’ school classes for long periods of time, so schools should not be at risk of losing funding. 


Is the project funding for a maximum of three or four years per project?

Three years is the maximum duration of these projects.

We have $2 million over a four-year period to fund projects.  We may run further rounds and/or fund other initiatives under this particular work / funding stream.

Hence, the intention to fund these projects for up to two years, with an option for successful projects to be funded for an additional third year.



  • Last changed: 9 June 2016
  • Last verified: 9 June 2016