What is Gateway?

GATEWAY is a programme initiated and funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

The GATEWAY programme is designed to strengthen the pathway for Year 12 and 13 students to progress from school to the workplace.

It provides students with structured workplace learning, across a wide range of industries and businesses, while they continue to study at school.

Students are given the opportunity to ‘test drive’ their career choices, while gaining valuable ‘real’ experience and ‘real’ learning. GATEWAY gives students confidence to make a smooth transition from school to work.

Gateway Overview

  • Students apply to be accepted onto the GATEWAY programme.
  • If successful, an individual learning plan is put into place and a suitable work placement found.
  • Students attend their GATEWAY placement generally for one day per week for up to 10 weeks. There are options to complete a placement during the holidays.
  • Students will gain skills and knowledge and their workplace learning assessed.
  • The GATEWAY programme requires that students complete a minimum of 20 industry based credits while on placement.
  • Gateway work placements will take place during terms one, two and three.
  • School attendance will continue as normal.

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What areas can students do Gateway in?

The Mt Roskill Gateway Programme is an individual programme with a learning plan implemented for each student. The plan is developed around student’s career interests and relevant Unit Standards, usually at NCEA Level 2 and 3.

Gateway opportunities are available in areas such as:

  • Banking
  • Broadcasting
  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Coding & Engineering
  • Early Childhood
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Golf Caddying
  • Butchery
  • Maori Tourism
  • Sound & Lighting
  • Art Design
  • Event Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Business Administration
  • Butchery

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Who is eligible?

Who is eligible for the GATEWAY Programme?

  • Year 13 and selected Year 12 students at Mt Roskill Grammar School
  • Students who have a good attendance record
  • Students who are ready to enter the working world but want some experience first
  • Students who can keep up to date with academic studies while on placement
  • Students who have a desire to explore a particular career path
  • Students who have parental approval and support

School Responsibilities

  • Develop a learning plan, in consultation with the employer for each student
  • Provide on-going support for students and employers
  • Provide students with tools and specific safety equipment at no cost to the employer

How to apply

Students will be advised when application forms are available through the school’s daily notices.

Acceptance is by way of an application and interview process. The school reserves the right to select suitable students.

Mt Roskill Grammar has places for 53 students in the Gateway programme in 2018.

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Benefits for students

  • Students learn industry-based skills and gain valuable experience and knowledge.
  • Providing pathways towards future training, employment and/or apprenticeships.
  • No costs associated with GATEWAY for students who complete the programme.
  • Gives students the opportunity to make informed choices about their future direction.
  • Opportunity to gain extra credits to go on their NZQA Record of Learning.
  • Realistic workplace experience.
  • Opportunity to blend school study with work-place learning and experience.
  • Students gain confidence to experience ‘life after school’ with full school support.
  • Creates valuable relationships with industry professionals.

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