COVID-19 STP/Trades Academy and Gateway Update for Schools and Providers

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 23 September, those in the Auckland region will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions. The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on Monday 21 September. For more information on COVID-19 please refer to the Ministry of Education’s COVID19 page. For more information about COVID-19 alert levels, what it means and more, please go COVID-19 website.

High level guidance to support schools and Secondary Tertiary Programme Lead Providers have been published in Ministry of Education School Bulletins and also on this website. This information can be found on the COVID-19 Alert Level advice and arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students page.

Purpose of Gateway

The purpose of Gateway is to enable schools to provide senior students (years 11–13+) with opportunities to access structured workplace learning that has:

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

Schools should align their Gateway programmes to the Vocational Pathways, where possible. The Vocational Pathways provide a useful tool for course planning to provide cohesive learning options that are recommended by industry and also help students to plan their future career opportunities.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) provides Gateway funding to meet the costs state secondary schools, state-integrated secondary schools, or partnership schools|kura hourua incur in arranging and managing workplace learning, including assessment. For more information about Gateway funding, go to:

Gateway - Tertiary Education Commission