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Welcome to Gateway

What does the course consist of?
The Gateway programme consists of classroom work combined with regular work experience with an employer. Classroom work initially includes the completion of basic Unit Standards to help prepare students for the workplace(CV writing, health & safety in the workplace, customer service, First aid, communication, etc.) students participate in the preparation of an Individual Learning Plan which takes into account the student's preferred career and current achievements. Students also use class time to work on Unit Standards that are specific to their chosen industry. Workplace-based Unit Standards involve assessment in the workplace. Credits earned in Gateway are applied to the student's progress towards the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA), Levels 1, 2 & 3, as well as to nationally-recognised workplace qualifications. Class time is also used to help students keep up with time lost from their other school subjects.

What skills do students require to complete this course?
Gateway is for students who have started firming up their career ideas and have a fairly clear idea of what they want to do when they leave school, be it further education, an apprenticeship, or general employment. Most occupations, trades or professions can be accommodated. Students should be work-ready, motivated, and able to work independently on individual studies. They should have or be willing to develop time-management and personal organisation skills. Students who wish to participate in Gateway must enter a selection process.

What level are the standards at for this course?
Basic Gateway Unit Standards are Level 1 & 2. Workplace-based Unit Standards can range from Levels 1 to 4 depending on the students career choice and ability.

The course comprises of:
Unit Standards are by far the most common standards used in the Gateway programme. However, the programme can involve Achievement Standards, depending on the sudents choice and ability.

Are external examinations part of this course?
No

What are subjects are linked to this course?
Depending on the student's career choice for the Gateway programme, in-class and workplace study can very effectively be combined with and enhanced by any other subjects taken in school

What careers can this course lead to?
The goal of the Gateway programme is to help smooth the transition from school to the workplace or further education. Many Gateway students are now working in the industry they chose for their Gateway experience, with the employers they worked for during their Gateway year, or with other employers. The career path chosen for the Gateway programme, however, does not lock a student into that pathway. It can also be a springboard into any direction a student chooses to go.