Teacher: Mrs Belinda Raskin

Coordinator:  Bronwyn Gardner

‘Gateway provides valuable learning and may lead to employment opportunities. Learners can achieve specific vocational skills and make significant progress towards industry recognised qualifications. (from the Tertiary Education Gateway Handbook 2021)

Gateway is part of our college’s dual pathway system, offering hands on work experience and learning targeted to the individual students needs and strengths.  The programme provides valuable learning experiences that may lead to employment opportunities.

Students can achieve specific vocational skills and make significant progress towards industry recognised qualifications.  Unit standards are achieved through work placement and classroom learning and assessment.

Gateway is an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills required for future employment.  The work placements are during term 2 and 3 for one a day per week and are selected to support students individual needs, passion and interests.


Gateway is for:

  • Year 13 students in their final year of secondary school education
  • Students who have a genuine interest in gaining real world workplace experience or apprenticeship-type training

Gateway will assist students to:

  • Gain credits in school towards Level 3 NCEA qualification
  • Gain access to industry training mentors and apprenticeship providers
  • Blend school-based study with workplace learning and experience
  • Build skills for employment
  • Experience an authentic work environment and gain hands-on skills
  • Try out potential career options
  • Create a pathway directly into an apprenticeship or to further education or employment

Gateway programme subjects

  • Gateway subject – unit standards that relate to the working environment, including CV and interview skills, and working with diverse people. First Aid and Health and Safety unit standards included
  • Religious Education
  • 2 optional Gateway modules aimed to advance student’s knowledge and skills round financial literacy and increase fitness, health and well-being
  • 1-3 subjects – personal choice
  • Study period

How to become involved:

  • Speak to the Academic Dean or House Dean to be considered
  • Speak to parents/caregivers and whanau about this opportunity
  • Complete the ‘Expression of interest’ section below and return
  • Have an interview with the Gateway Coordinator and parents/caregivers.
  • The Principal will make the final selection of students for Gateway


Placements have included

Automotive Engineering               Hospitality

Building and Construction            Hairdressing

Plumbing                                             Property Management

Electrical                                              Farming

Transport                                            Retail


Unit Standards offered in Gateway


Unit number Title Level Credits Provider
6400 Comprehensive first aid 3 2 Outside Provider
6401 Provide first aid 2 1 Outside Provider
6402 Provide basic life support 1 1 Outside Provider
22316 Demonstrate knowledge of drugs and alcohol problem 3 4 Outside Provider
19522 Undertake job safety analysis 3 3 Outside Provider
30265 Apply health and safety risk assessment to a job role 3 8 Outside Provider
4251 Career Plan 3 3 Internal
1980 Dealing with Employment relationship Problems 3 3 Internal
1296 Interview in Informal Situations 3 3 Internal
1304 Communicate with people from other cultures 3 2 Internal