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.

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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 on (03) 435 0650 or [email protected]

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STAR Courses

If a student is interested in a specific career, a STAR short course may help them work out if it is a good choice for them.

STAR courses are short courses delivered by technical institutes or private training providers for secondary school students. There are limited places available on a variety of STAR courses such as Barista, Life & Leadership Skills, Health & Safety and more. 

Defensive Driving and First Aid Courses are also available for senior students.

  • STAR is designed to support a coherent Vocational Pathways programme by enabling:
    schools to form partnerships with tertiary education providers and employers to provide vocational education and work experience
  • student exploration of pathways to work or further education
  • engagement with learning by highlighting the relevance of learning to future employment or study
  • achievement of NCEA and tertiary qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

For more information, contact our Gateway Co-ordinator on (03) 435 0650 or [email protected]