The purpose of Gateway is to enable schools to provide senior students (years 11–13+) with opportunities to access structured workplace learning that has:
- a formalised learning arrangement set in the workplace
- specified knowledge and skills that a student will attain
- specified assessment methods (workplace learning).
Schools should align their Gateway programmes to the Vocational Pathways, where possible. The Vocational Pathways provide a useful tool for course planning to provide cohesive learning options that are recommended by industry.
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) provides Gateway funding to meet the costs state secondary schools, state-integrated secondary schools, or partnership schools|kura hourua incur in arranging and managing workplace learning, including assessment.