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

On Monday 8 June at 11.59 pm, New Zealand moved to alert Level 1. For more information on the 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.

This information can be found on the COVID-19 Alert Level advice and arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students page.

Under Alert Level 1, all schools and Tertiary Education Organisations will be open for students to attend. In these conditions, Secondary Tertiary Programmes (Trades Academies) and 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.

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