Gateway

What will I learn? 
The majority of learning involves completing unit standards based course to develop skills and knowledge in your chosen industry/ trade. You will also learn ‘skills for work’ interview techniques, first aid and health and safety, and learn what is needed to be successful in the workplace. An individual learning plan is built around your learning needs to move you closer to your next step. Learning programmes are developed in consultation with Industry Training Organisations (ITO’s) and your employer so that learning is current and relevant to your chosen industry/trade.

How will I learn? 
You will usually spend one day per week at work in your chosen industry during Term 2 and 3. You will learn practical skills and receive training from your workplace supervisor. You will also have classroom sessions to complete work preparation and industry theory units which will relate closely to your practical learning. You will work at your own pace, but the programme has an expectation that you achieve at least 20 credits. 

What should I have done already? 
  • You should have investigated and have a strong interest in an industry/trade. 
  • You will have discussed these plans in interviews with careers staff and you will have had work experience in your industry of choice to make sure it is what you want to do for the year. It is a big commitment. 
  • You will also have demonstrated a level of maturity and interpersonal skills at school that allows you to begin a work placement in the local community. 
  • You should have strong organisational skills and you will need to be self-motivated and able to study independently at Level 2. 
  • Places on the Gateway Programme are limited to 18 and students are selected through a formal application and interview process. 

Where does this programme lead? 
The programme is an excellent preparation for employment, apprenticeships or tertiary vocational training. 

How is the course assessed? 
The course involves practical work based assessment and theoretical unit standards to develop underpinning knowledge required for the job. These are assessed by an industry assessor or workplace supervisor. Work preparation units are assessed internally. End of course qualification Credits and units contribute to NCEA qualifications at Levels 1, 2 (and occasionally 3). They may also contribute towards National Certificates, Trade Entry Certificates or apprenticeships. 

Cost
The programme is fully funded.