“Our youth are our future”

Skills is committed to working with youths from all walks of life to get them started on a career that works for them. We want to make sure every young person leaves school with a well-informed decision on which career path they want to take.



The Workchoice Trust was set up in 1994 to give senior high school students a real-world look at the careers available to them.

For more than 20 years, Workchoice has been offering its unique resources and events to empower young people to make great employment choices. Since 2015, Workchoice has been part of Skills. This partnership has allowed Workchoice to strengthen and further develop its programmes.

Workchoice’s flagship event is Workchoice Day. This is an annual event that informs, educates, and inspires senior school students through real-world workplace experiences and talks from motivational speakers.

Workchoice also offers Teachers Workchoice Day, which is a similar programme but aimed at school teachers. The programme equips teachers with the industry knowledge and connections to help their students make informed career choices.

Please visit the Workchoice website to find out more about Workchoice Days and what Workchoice does.



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.

Skills is responsible for workplace training in more than 20 industries. Through Gateway, we 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, Skills works with its industries to:

Are you a student, teacher, or business looking to find out more about Gateway? Get in touch with us today to learn how to get involved.

For full details download the 2018 Gateway Enrolment and Resource Purchase form.

Alternatively you can download the 2018 Teachers Manual.

Please note we have listened to your feedback on resource changes needed. We are busy reviewing these resources to ensure they are current. There will be a slight delay in receiving your resources beyond the 10 day turn around promised. Our apologies for any inconvenience. 


Got a Trade? Got it Made!

Got a Trade? Got it Made! is a joint initiative by Skills and seven other industry training organisations (ITOs).

Launched in 2014, Got a Trade? Got it Made! runs an annual national campaign to raise awareness of training and career opportunities in New Zealand's trades and services. Combining events, exhibitions, workplace tours, school visits, and other activities, it's a fun eye-opener for high school students considering their first steps in the workforce.

The highlight of the campaign each year is Got a Trade Week, a week-long celebration of trades and services careers that brings together the top young trainees from around the country., visit their website for more information: gotatrade.co.nz


SET for Life

SET (Skills, Employment, and Training) for Life is all about supporting youth into sustainable employment.

The transition from school to industry training and employment can be tricky for young people. SET for Life takes advantage of industry connections and networks to guide youth on this journey while equipping them with the technical and employability skills needed for success.

The programme bridges the gap between school and post-school pathways, allowing learners to study at school/a training provider and learn and work in industry at the same time. Learners in the programme can, for example, be completing their NCEA qualification while beginning an industry qualification.

What does SET for Life offer learners?

  • Transitional support when entering the world of work
  • Support in the development of both technical and employability skills
  • Increased qualification completion rates
  • Effective pastoral care and support

SET for Life collaborates with organisations, current projects and services, whanau, education providers, and industry to build a support community of success for learners.

If you are a school or an employer and would like to find out more about getting involved with SET for Life, please get in touch. Visit the Set for Life page on the Workchoice site to find out more.

*Source: Statistics New Zealand, Household Labour Force Survey, March 2016