Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Shaw
Who is this subject intended for:
Gateway aims to build students’ skills for employment, working in real workplaces on real tasks. It provides opportunities to try out potential careers and build links to Industry Training Organisations, modern apprenticeships and workplaces. It is a ‘hands on’ practical course. Due to the help offered by our local business community to run this programme, students need to be ‘work ready’; reliable, trustworthy, organised and respectful as they represent our school community. Applications and interviews with students, parents and employers are an important part of the Gateway programme.
What you will learn in this subject:
This subject builds on the students’ current skills within structured workplace learning. An emphasis is placed on building work skills relevant to career choices. The pre-Gateway programme (Term 1) places emphasis on identifying personal skills confirming career options and developing a broader understanding of the adult work environment through courses like Workplace Safety and Comprehensive First Aid.
Gateway offers a hands on practical Level 2 and Level 3 Unit Standards course. All pre-Gateway students will complete the compulsory units of Workplace Safety, First Aid, Fire Safety, Job Readiness and then will work with Mrs Shaw, Gateway Coordinator to create their own personalised Gateway programme. Depending on the area of career interest, students will have the opportunity of work experience once a week and complete workplace unit standards which offer credits. Note: Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 days work placement as part of their Gateway Contract.
Where this subject will lead:
As Gateway opens a new pathway from school to the world of work, the student is able to blend their school study with their workplace learning and experience. This learning is assessed at school and in the workplace and can count towards other national qualifications (for example, Retail) or be counted towards their NCEA Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate. This programme of study also intends to help the student towards tertiary study (Polytechnic) or work in their chosen field the following year.
There is no cost to enter into this course. However, a firm commitment from students is required as Gateway purchases unit standards and for practical tasks, Gateway provides boots, safety gear etc.
Students may be asked to contribute if they fail to complete the standards offered and/or complete their time in the work place. The approximate cost per student is $500 which is funded by Tertiary Education Commission.