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Updated: 10 May 2022

Teenager on path to getting dream job supporting youth

Hastings Girls’ High School student, Ahnaliyah Maas is passionate about working with young people and wants to help create a better future for them.

“I’m beyond grateful for the influence of youth leaders in my life, and want to have the same impact on others,” says the teenager.

Thanks to a school Gateway programme run through industry training organisation, Careerforce, Ahnaliyah has successfully completed the NZ Certificate in Youth Work Level 3.

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Free mental health unit standard

We are pleased to offer a fees free Mental Health unit standard to all students in years 12 and 13. The unit is 26971 – Describe factors that contribute to mental health wellbeing (3 credits at Level 3).

We appreciate that COVID-19 restrictions have had a big impact on the wellbeing of our rangatahi and many students are facing additional challenges. This unit standard not only helps contribute to resilience in our young people but gives students a taster of what our Gateway packages can offer.

Specified Training Agreement Form

A specified Training Agreement Form has been set up for this free unit standard. To enrol students into this free unit standard, please download the form and return it to your Careerforce Vocational Pathways Advisor, or to

Download the pre-filled Training Agreement Form 


Achieving unit standards without work placements

We have devised unit standard packages that can still be delivered in schools if work placements are not available.

Under New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, it may be difficult to obtain work placements for students. Employers across our sectors also require students to be fully vaccinated.

Check out our list of unit standard packages that can be delivered without students requiring an external work placement.

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