About work experience

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Getting involved in work experience programmes helps you find potential talent, showcases career pathways in your industry and raises your business profile.

You can find the work experience programme that’s the perfect fit for your business.

Work Inspiration

Work Inspiration is an employer-led work exploration programme tailored to suit your work environment and industry. A small group of students spend around three days in your workplace, experiencing the roles and career pathways you have to offer.

Careers New Zealand can support you to develop and deliver the programme.

Watch Work Inspiration in action


Watch high school students in action on Work Inspiration programmes with Toyota and Westpac (Video - 2:45 minutes).

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Gateway

Gateway enables Year 11 to 13 students to study for NCEA and tertiary credits and also work in a workplace. Students get a taste of what an apprenticeship is like as they take part in authentic work activities at your business.

A school’s Gateway co-ordinator or career adviser supports you to develop and deliver the programme.

Workchoice Days

On Workchoice Days you host a Year 12 student at your business for one day. The students watch a presentation and try different aspects of your job. These days usually take place in May.

A school’s Gateway co-ordinator or career adviser supports you to develop and deliver the programme.

Work shadowing

Work shadowing involves a student observing you or staff members while you work for a day.

Students can then ask about the career paths at your workplace and get advice and mentoring from you.

You can get help from a school’s Gateway co-ordinator, career adviser, a tertiary institute or your industry association.

Here are some successful examples of work shadowing:

Updated 22 Jun 2018