Gateway Programme

The Gateway Programme

A pathway to tertiary study, apprenticeships and employment

The Gateway Programme provides ‘structured workplace learning’ for students who are interested in a  possible future job or career sector they wish to explore. The programme offers senior students 10 days of unpaid work experience (one day per week) to go hand in hand with studying industry-related credits towards NCEA qualifications and a Vocational Pathway.

Gateway students must display key work skills such as excellent communication, good time management, team player skills, organisational skills and self-motivation. Students need to be able to manage their College learning programme as well as studying Gateway unit standards at Level 2 and 3. The Gateway Programme requires that students complete a minimum of 20 industry based credits. Students are selected by interviews.

Some industries within the programme are:

Animal Care
Building and Construction
Business Administration
Education (incl. ECE)
Event Management
Furniture and Joinery
Beauty Therapy
Hospitality (incl. Chefing)
Motor Industries
Printing and Design
Public Service (incl. Customs, Fire, NZDF, Police)
Road Transport
Sport and Recreation
Sports Turf
Tourism (incl. Hotel Management)

The Gateway Programme gives our students the confidence to choose a pathway that takes them from school to tertiary study or apprenticeships, and on towards employment.

Our Gateway Coordinator Esther Harvey is also looking for companies who are keen to develop young people within their industries and are able to provide work experience. We would love to hear from you.
Gateway and Work Experience Coordinator: Esther Harvey:  |  Phone 627 0600, Ext 745

The Gateway Programme experience to a Vocational Pathway

Vocational Pathway:  Social and Community Services Sector
Industry:  Health

Let me introduce Meera Patel.  Meera is a Year 12  student who has a passion for children’s health.  She is buzzing because her Gateway Work Placement is with Plunket NZ in Henderson.  She has an extensive 10 day timetable, working alongside NZ Plunket’s finest nurses, for her placement but for her first day, she will be out and about on the Plunket NZ Immunisation Bus – very exciting!!!  Alongside her work placement, Meera is working hard with a Porse Tutor, completing unit standards which help her understand children’s health and hygiene. 
Meera Patel

Vocational Pathway:  Services Industries Sector                

Industry:  Retail


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Amina Moton
The Red Shirts in Schools Programme operating in conjunction with The Warehouse provides a Customer Service Award for secondary school students.  Students learn essential work skills such as communication skills, personal presentation, product knowledge and team work while they are in the workplace.  Students achieve 27 credits towards the National Certificate in Retail (Level 2) and the Retail Apprenticeship programme.
This year we have 20 students on the programme in The Warehouse stores in Auckland.  Amina Moton, Kiriffi Leilua, Sini Taufa, Abdul Nasim and Victor Manavahetau are just a few who are learning some fantastic life-long learning skills.
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Sini Taufa
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Abdul Nasim and Victor Manavahetau

Vocational Pathway:  Manufacturing and Technology Sector
Industry:  Aeronautical Engineering

Reuel Namburi and Sean Wolsey had to go through a very rigorous application process to get into the Air New Zealand Gateway Programme.  They were very excited to hear that they were accepted for the programme.  Only 10 students are accepted for this programme each year and this year two Lynfield College students succeeded.
What will they be doing?  They have joined 8 students from other Auckland schools in the Air New Zealand hangars at the Mangere Airport.  They are working with a various engineers who work on different aspects of aviation engineering - fuselage, wings, avionics, parts department, engines and so on.  This experience provides them with knowledge of the industry to help them make better decisions for their career future.
At the same time, Reuel and Sean are well on their way to completing 20 credits in Service IQ aviation unit standards towards the Gateway Programme as well as balancing normal school work.
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Image supplied by Air New Zealand

Vocational Pathway:  Services Industries Sector
Industry:  Hospitality – Culinary Arts

Food … is Michael Davis’s passion.  Michael has completed a Gateway Placement at the Novotel Hotel in Greenlane.  The Novotel Hotel is an Accor hotel which is just part of an international chain of hotels (Pullman, Sofitel, Ibis and Mercure) that grows and develops their staff into different roles.

Michael was able to ‘prep’ awesome food for hotel guests, learn new food techniques and skills.  In fact, Michael’s passion for food, his great work ethic, communication skills and ability to work as a team have just earned him a part-time job offer.  When asked how he felt about that, the response was, “Are you kidding?!  How do I feel?!?!?!" accompanied by a huge grin.  According to Michael’s chef-in-charge, Michael has a great sense of humour, which is a definite “plus” in the hospitality industry.
Alongside the practical workplace, Michael studies Hospitality – Catering at school, allowing him to apply learning to practice.
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