Gateway is a government funded programme that provides broader educational opportunities and strengthens pathways for our senior students into further education and training or employment. Gateway is different to other subjects - it is an individual course where students do a set of core generic standards but work in class to discover who they are - strengths, interests, skills and career matches.
The purpose is to provide actual workplace experience that will develop a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills required for future employment. While students complete a work placement, they have their learning assessed against unit standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), which are integrated into their current programme of study. Gateway offers valuable learning opportunities and the chance to ‘test-drive’ a potential career/occupation.
Students find their experiences extremely beneficial in helping them to make decisions regarding their future pathways.
Benefits to students:
- Increased awareness and knowledge of a specific career pathway
- Learning industry based skills
- Improved communication skills through interaction with employers and employees
- Opportunity to network and gain contacts/mentors in their industry of interest
- The chance to work towards an industry qualification while still at school
Our Gateway programme is always looking for new employers and companies who are interested in providing students with work placements. If you are able to support our students in this way, we would really appreciate hearing from you.
For more information, contact our Gateway Co-ordinator, Louise Burgess on (03) 415 8036 or [email protected]