Are you a school teacher or careers adviser helping a young person into a career?


Gateway helps schools give senior students (year 11 and above) opportunities for structured learning in the workplace.

How Gateway placements work

Each Gateway placement:

  • is a formal arrangement between a school, a student and an employer for a student to spend time learning in an employer’s workplace
  • agrees the knowledge and skills the student will gain during that placement
  • agrees who will assess the student’s learning and how to confirm they have gained this knowledge and these skills.

To see the knowledge and skills (unit standards) our Gateway placements cover, please click here and go to Gateway Placements. 

How we support your Gateway placements

 We can:

  • help you set up Gateway placements tailored to the industries we support
  • connect you with employers in our industries to help you place your students
  • help your students identify careers based on their work placements, particularly in apprenticeship based industries.


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Mechanical engineering students from Waiuku College with Gateway Coordinator Briar Tuialii (left) and mechanical engineering teacher Vic Fryer (right).

Waiuku College’s successful Gateway programme

A successful Gateway programme between secondary school Waiuku College and local employer New Zealand Steel is a good example of how schools, companies and our Competenz team can help young people understand the trades careers available to them and help businesses recruit and train talented youngsters.

“As the major employer in the region we’re keen to support our local community by giving NCEA engineering students at Waiuku College a chance to see what’s involved in an engineering career,” says Peter Walker, Maintenance Contracts Superintendent at New Zealand Steel (part of the BlueScope Steel Group).

“Each year we offer around six local students a week’s work experience during their school holidays.”

That week is an opportunity for a young person to learn. It’s also a chance for them to stand out from the crowd. If they show the attitude New Zealand Steel are looking for, they could soon be gaining the skills that will set them on the path to a worthwhile career.

In 2015 New Zealand Steel took on four Waiuku Gateway students as Competenz apprentices.

“These Gateway placements are a chance for us to have a good look at these students,” says Peter. “We want young people who can apply themselves and are keen to learn.”

Waiuku College Gateway Coordinator Briar Tuialii agrees. “It’s all about attitude. All the employers we deal with are looking for young people who want to get stuck in and learn. They need to be able to work with the team onsite. And they need some experience with equipment – which is where their NCEA engineering studies kick in.”

Briar says the school has built a good relationship with New Zealand Steel over many years. “We’ve had some really useful conversations. The New Zealand Steel team has helped us understand what they’re looking for, how their current apprentices are working out, and how our school can help prepare young people for a career in the trades.”

Please contact the Competenz careers team if you would like more information about the Gateway programme.