Gateway is a government initiative that helps high school students transition from school to work. The programme gives students a taste of the working world while they are at school, combining on-job experience with structured learning.

Our Gateway offering is split between our specialist trades which are Electrical, Scaffolding, Cranes, Plumbing Gasfitting and Drainlaying and Project Management, Governance, Regulatory Practice, Security and Business Management. 

Te Pūkenga is responsible for workplace training in more than 20 industries. Through Gateway, the schools and Te Pūkenga together can build and maintain a pipeline of talented young people to keep these industries flourishing.

Gateway is perfect for senior high school students who are committed to taking the first steps into their career. It’s also a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves to potential future staff, while educating them about the career options on offer.

Through the Gateway programme, Te Pūkenga works with its industries to:

  • Support students into their industry of choice
  • Educate them about workplace training
  • Provide workplace materials and advice for both students and teachers
  • Keep industries buoyant with a pipeline of young and skilled talent

How it works:


  • Enrols students with EarnLearn.
  • Support students through training and assessment requirements.
  • Fund the training programme.


Employers taking on a student:

  • Works with the student, and school to determine the best timing for the student to be on-site and how regularly.
  • Supports the student with their training requirements.



  • Provides course material and pastoral care.
  • Processes enrolment and payment.
  • Assigns an assessor.
  • Provides guidance and support.

These programmes are a blend of theory and on-job training and are supported by EarnLearn in partnership with secondary schools and local businesses.

Gateway is a great opportunity for students in years 11-13 to:

  • gain credits towards a trade qualification
  • earn credits towards their NCEA Level 2 and 3
  • gain practical work experience and training with qualified professionals
  • decide whether a trades career, security, business or finance career is right for them.

What is the fee per student?

The fee for each programme is $200 + GST per student.

This is paid by the school gateway programme.

Meet Caleb, Apprentice Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer

Caleb knew he wanted to find a career that wasn’t stuck in an office. He signed up to our Schools Gateway programme with a plumbing company and he’s now 4 years in. Caleb was offered an apprenticeship with Harbour City Plumbing. He’s now almost fully qualified, with his apprenticeship due to finish later this year.

“The people at EarnLearn have helped me all the way through, they really care and help to motivate me.”

Caleb loves being able to learn on the job, and earn a wage while he’s learning. He doesn’t need a student loan, and pays for his apprenticeship weekly, so it’s affordable.

Read more about a Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying apprenticeship here, or email

Are you a student, parent, teacher, careers advisor or business looking to find out more?

For specialists trades, get in touch with us today to learn how to get involved, or download this flyer for more information.

Careers advisors and schools: download Teachers Manual or local businesses, get a student to join your business to get a taste of your industry – download the Employers Brochure

To enrol a student, download the Gateway Enrolment and Resource Purchase form. 

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