Careerforce has developed a suite of Gateway packages to allow students to experience the diverse opportunities available to them in the health and wellbeing sectors, and potentially forge their career.

  • Available to year 11 to 13 students.
  • Packages include both theory and practical application.
  • All assessments are unit standard based with industry work experience.
  • Programmes can be tailored to each student’s interest.

Let students get a taste of a health and wellbeing career

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Gateway helped Willa become a Teacher Aide.

Our Good Skills Gateway packages provide your students with opportunities to learn in the workplace and match their career ideas and values to possible careers in the health and wellbeing sectors.

The health and wellbeing sectors present a variety of exciting career opportunities for school leavers including:

  • support work (disability, mental health or aged care),
  • youth work,
  • diversional therapy or rehabilitation assistance,
  • social services work and employment support,
  • and many more.

These careers are ideal for students who want to have rewarding career pathways through helping others reach their full potential and lead independent lives, making a difference in people’s lives, supporting and caring for the aged and the vulnerable, and following their passion.


See our Gateway Packages

Our 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.

Good Skills packages

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Download Good Skills booklet

The booklet also features in-demand careers to share with your students.

‘No work placements required’ packages

We have devised a list of unit standard packages that can be delivered without students requiring an external work placement. These have been developed in light of New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework and possible challenges around work placements.

Download ‘No work placements required’ packages

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).

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.

Download the free Mental Health unit standard

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 pre-filled Training Agreement Form and return it to your Careerforce Vocational Pathways Advisor, or to

Enrolling students into Gateway

Enrolment into any of our packages includes the following:

  • Helping schools identify pathways for their students so that a student’s programme is tailored to their interests.
  • Assistance to find a suitable work placement where possible.
  • Providing access to e-learning and resource library containing comprehensive learning and assessment resources online or paper-based.
  • Arranging for a Careerforce registered assessor to assess and report the unit standard(s) completion.
  • Reporting the unit standard achievement to NZQA.
  • Requesting a certificate from NZQA if a student completes a full New Zealand Certificate.

1. Memorandum of Understanding

  • All schools are required to complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Careerforce prior to commencement of any programme.
  • The MoU 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.

2. Gateway Training Agreement

  • If you have students who wish to participate in a Careerforce Gateway programme, please complete the Training Agreement Form.

3. Contact one of our Vocational Pathways Advisors

“I did Gateway in school, got a Level 3 qualification in Support Work and a job straight after school. I love that I could do an apprenticeship that’s funded while getting paid for my work. I’m very pleased that there is an apprenticeship that ties into working with children with special needs.”