Gateway funding

Gateway funding

Last updated 19 July 2021
Last updated 19 July 2021

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.

Changes to Gateway programme requirements and reporting due to COVID-19

We recognise that COVID-19 has had an impact on Gateway programmes planned for 2020. Some changes have been made to benchmark requirements and reporting in recognition of the impact. More information will be added as decisions are made.


Schools are required to produce three reports to comply with their funding agreement: two actuals reports, and a credit achievement report.

Schools are required to submit the first enrolment report before the first Friday of Term 3 (31 July 2020). However, the ’75 percent benchmark’ on enrolment will not be applied for 2020, and there will be no funding implication if schools don’t meet the benchmark.

The second, and final enrolment report due date remains Sunday 20 December 2020, with the credit achievement report due Friday 26 February 2021.

Credit achievement

The TEC and Ministry of Education recognise the impacts of Covid-19 on schools and students in the Gateway programme.

The current benchmark requirement of 20 credits per student will not be used to adjust Gateway allocations for 2022.  This will ensure that your future funding allocations are not unfairly affected as a result of Covid-19.

Workplace placement

Under Alert Level 1, all schools and Tertiary Education Organisations will be open for students to attend. In these conditions, Gateway activities can recommence as normal.

For more specific advice around the alert Level arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning please refer to the COVID-19 Alert Level advice and arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students page.

Gateway Funding for 2021

Gateway 2020 performance will not impact on 2021 allocation, as the 2021 funding is determined by 2019 performance. However, we may consider whether COVID-19 has any impact on delivery volumes in 2021 as learners and schools adapt. 

Gateway Funding for 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are reviewing how we treat 2020 performance and how we may fund 2022. This includes looking at the overall impact of COVID-19 on delivery and performance, potential changes to policies, and the approach we are taking with other funds to determine funding for 2022. Further detail will be communicated out to schools once we have a better indication of how we will allocate for 2022.


If you have any questions regarding any aspect of Gateway funding or reporting requirements, please contact the Customer Contact Group on 0800 601 301 or at

2021 additional funding process for existing and new schools

On 21 October 2019, the Government announced an increase in Gateway learner places from 2020. The increase provides up to an additional 2000 learner places from the start of 2020. This will have a positive impact on the great work schools already do with learners in their communities.

The TEC will continue to allocate the additional learner places in 2021 through an additional funding process. An updated application form (Word, 35 Kb) is now available on the TEC website and must be submitted to the TEC, at, before 5pm, 26 February 2021.

To assess applications we will use data from school’s 2019 Enrolment Actuals and Unit Standards Actuals reports (if applicable). The specific assessment criteria is outlined in the application form.

The additional funding will be available to schools new to Gateway funding and those with an existing allocation.

We want to communicate decisions with the sector as quickly as possible, as a result please ensure you submit by the due date. Any late applications will not be considered.

For more information on aligning Gateway programmes with vocational pathways visit the Youth Guarantee website. If you have any questions regarding Gateway funding please contact the Customer Contact Group. The Customer Contact Group can be reached on 0800 601 301 or at

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