Small Steps Gateway and Full Vocational Pathways Award for secondary school students

We offer Year 11 to 13 students an opportunity to get a taste for the range of careers available in the health and wellbeing sectors. Our Vocational Pathways Advisors can support you and your students get started. Students can access their learning and assessments online or paper-based. 

Small Steps Gateway

Small Steps Gateway programme is designed to be just that, not too overwhelming but a step towards the right direction. We have different pathways available to students. They can complete several short work placements and get a taster for the range of careers out there.

Full Vocational Pathways Award

The Full Vocational Pathway Award is suitable for students with a clearer idea of a career pathway. Gateway Coordinators and Careers Advisors can customise their students programmes to meet their students interests and ensure that they meet workplace employment requirements.

Both Small Steps and Full Vocational Pathway programmes will help your students gain the confidence to make informed decisions on their career pathways, and provide a smooth transition from school to work.

Options and fees

Small Steps Gateway Package Up to 12 credits $225 (inc GST)
Full Vocational Pathways Package Up to 23 credits $450 (inc GST)

Includes the following:

  • Enrolment into qualification or unit standards selected.
  • Assistance to find a suitable work placement where possible.
  • Careerforce registered assessor fee to assess and report the unit standard(s) completion.
  • Reporting to NZQA of unit standards achieved.
  • Certificate from NZQA if a student completes a full New Zealand Certificate.

The Inspiring Heroes book features 15 careers in the health and wellbeing sectors:

Download Inspiring Heroes book

Gateway for tomorrows heroesOptions and Fees – This summary gives an outline of fees, packages and programmes, and gives details of the Small Steps Programme for students wanting a taste of working in a social and community environment.

Download Gateway for tomorrows heroes

Memorandum of Agreement – All schools are required to complete a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Careerforce prior to commencement of any programme. The MoA records each party’s obligations when placing a student into industry-based learning, including arrangements for assessment and reporting results to NZQA. Careerforce will assist to help find an industry placement if required but cannot guarantee placements.

Download Memorandum of Agreement

Get in touch with one of our Vocational Pathways Advisors.  Call 0800 277 486 or email:

If you have students who wish to participate in a Careerforce Gateway programme, please complete this form.
Download Gateway Training Agreement