Gateway

The Gateway Programme

Introduction

The purpose of Gateway is to enable schools to provide senior students (years 11–13+) with opportunities to access structured workplace learning that has:

  • A formalized learning arrangement set in the workplace
  • Specified knowledge and skills that a student will attain
  • Specified assessment methods (workplace learning)


 What is Gateway

 The Gateway programme is designed to strengthen the pathway for students from school, to employment or further education and training. It provides an opportunity for students to engage in structured workplace learning in an area or industry they have identified as a career option.  Students are able to sample their career interest and gain real learning and real experiences in a real work situation while completing Industry Standards. It also allows them to talk to people in the industry and so be able to make an informed decision regarding their future. As well, it gives them the confidence to transition from school to the workforce.

How does it work?

 There are different ways a student can participate in the Gateway Programme. The scheme at WGC is designed to be flexible and to meet the needs of the student, school and employer as much as possible.

Scenario 1:  Students spend 1 day each week in a workplace/industry of their choice for approximately 7 hours/week for 10-20 weeks. A student’s timetable will dictate which day is most suitable as their workday

  • Year 12 students take 5 conventional subjects plus Gateway as a subject
  • Year 13 students take 4 conventional subjects plus Gateway as a subject
  •  All students complete Industry Unit Standards in their Gateway class
  •  All students complete Achievement Standards in their other subjects
  •  All credit achievement counts towards NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement)

Scenario 2: Students work outside school hours either after school and/or during holiday periods. This would suit students who cannot or do not want to be out of school but want an insight into a specfic career/industry area

All credit achievement counts towards NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement)

  • Year 12 students take 6 conventional subjects NO GATEWAY
  • Year 13 students take 5 conventional subjects NO GATEWAY
  •  Students complete Gateway Industry Unit Standards in their study/own time
  •  Students meet with Ms Allen regularly at least one period each week during their study time
  •  Students complete Achievement Standards in their subjects 
  •  All credit achievement counts towards NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement)           

Background

Wellington Girls’ College has been participating in the Gateway programme since 2007 and it has been very successful for both students and employers. Effective communication between school and the workplace together with well prepared and supported students has resulted in long- standing well respected and mutually beneficial relationships. Many past students have secured part time and full time employment within their Gateway placement or in other businesses within that industry.