Gateway funding

Gateway funding

Last updated 13 December 2019
Last updated 13 December 2019

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.

2020 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 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 allocate the additional learner places in 2020 through an additional funding process. An updated application form (Word, 33 Kb) is now available on the TEC website and must be submitted to the TEC, at, before 5pm, 21 February 2020.

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 quicky 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