Mechanical engineering gateway ITO enrolments

To investigate the effect of completing gateway unit standards on school leavers’ choices further, we compare with school leavers who did not complete these standards. We then calculate the fraction among each group that goes into training with each ITO. In the chart below, we can see that gateway alumni are disproportionately likely to participate in Competenz training, when compared to other trade ITOs.

We have filtered by gender since men are both more likely to choose trade ITOs, and more likely to take engineering standards, so a comparison using both genders would be misleading.


School leaver data is sourced from Ministry of Education data in the IDI. Foreign fee-paying students and exchange students have been excluded. The first ITO that a school leaver enrols with after leaving is used for classification. Both school leaver and ITO data are for the years 2009 to 2016 inclusive.


Access to the anonymised data used in this study was provided by Statistics New Zealand in accordance with security and confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act 1975, and secrecy provisions of the Tax Administration Act 1994. The findings are not Official Statistics. The results in this paper are the work of the authors, not Statistics NZ, and have been confidentialised to protect individuals, households, businesses, and other organisations from identification. Read our full disclaimer here.


Evaluating the mechanical engineering gateway

Analyse the effectiveness of engineering gateway unit standards in guiding students towards trades training

Gender Trades Talent attraction Secondary to tertiary Women in trades