The Gateway Programme at Whangaparāoa College provides learners with the opportunity to experience structured workplace learning in a career area they wish to explore.

The program offers senior learners up to 10 days of (unpaid) work experience along with studying industry-related NCEA credits, laying a strong foundation for their future pathway – whether that be further study, full-time work or an apprenticeship.

Gateway class-based learning includes compulsory assessments to help learners build their skills for employment, such as:

  • Career Pathway - Explore & Plan
  • Interview skills
  • Budgeting/Planning for financial goals

All Gateway learners also complete 2 x 1 day workshops, Customer Service and Health & Safety with the opportunity to gain 14 x Level 3 credits. 

Some learners may also complete additional courses and/or industry standards applicable to their career interests.

Gateway is an exciting opportunity to get a taste of a workplace and determine interest in pursuing a particular career path in the future. Industry choices are varied, some examples are:

  • Education – early childhood, primary, secondary
  • Marine
  • Building & Construction
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Hairdressing / Barbering
  • Engineering
  • Retail
  • Motor Industry
  • Travel & Tourism / Hotel Management
  • Hospitality
  • Animal Care