Careers and Transition Education Association NZ Inc.

CATE is a professional organisation for people working in the fields of career and transition education

The focus of CATE is on the career education and development of youth and their transition from school into the wider world of employment, training and/or further education.

High quality careers education and development is an essential part of preparing youth for their future. Supporting learners to make informed decisions about their options is critical as this can improve their overall quality of life, sense of purpose and the contributions they make to their whanau and community.

CATE NZ supports its members by offering professional development programmes, collaboration opportunities and shared resources that ensure young people have the skills to map their career pathway and have the confidence to respond to challenging and changing circumstance as they emerge.



All young people in Aotearoa New Zealand benefit from quality career education and guidance.


Empower career educators to lead career education and guidance that equips young people to successfully transition from education to employment.


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    Advocate for an environment that enables quality career education

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    Develop opportunities that enhance skills and capacity of career educators

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    Ensure career education and guidance respects diversity

"As we enter the 4th industrial revolution the need for effective career guidance is critical as employment opportunities and the skills required for work are changing rapidly"


Our members include school Careers Advisers, Transition Teachers, Gateway Coordinators, STAR Coordinators, Careers Administrators and Vocational Pathways leaders, in addition to those associated areas such as private practice, tertiary education sector, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Education and Industry Training Organisations.

Members are aligned to their local region, and all regions in New Zealand are represented on the national executive which meets quarterly.


President Pānui Newsletter – Quarterly kōrero from the CATE NZ Executive President on current career and transition education issues and Ministry of Education and TEC developments.

Kaiārahi Newsletter – Monthly updates on professional development opportunities for members national and international developments in career education.  New resource links for Career Advisors and Transition teachers.

CATE conference

The Annual National CATE Conference is the flagship of professional development for our association’s members. The conference supports our members by providing resources and speakers on current developments within the careers and transition education spectrum.

The CATE Conference provides members with the opportunity to enhance capabilities, expand networks and grow partnerships.