Background on Gateway
Gateway is a Government initiative funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). It has been running at Otahuhu College since 2000 and we were one of the first three schools to pilot the programme in the Manukau region, with 190 initial participants. This number has since increased and there are now 11 schools in the Manukau region taking part in Gateway.
Gateway at Otahuhu College
Gateway offers our students the opportunity to experience structured workplace learning in Year 12 and 13. The programme is designed to meet the learning needs of our students by providing them with both traditional and workplace learning.
This learning is assessed against unit and/or achievement standards on the National Qualifications Framework. Integrated with their regular curriculum of study, Gateway should be seen as an opportunity, not just work experience.
What have been the benefits for the students?
Involvement in Gateway gives students the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge they have obtained in study and life experience and apply them to a workplace context.
They have been able to gain insight into working life and learned skills in specific industries.
In many cases the initiatives have given the students a head start in their chosen careers and often lead to further training opportunities such as Modern Apprenticeships and industry training.
We have been exceptionally lucky to have had support from companies in the South Auckland area and students have been placed in the following areas:
* Automotive Engineering
* Early Childhood
* Primary Education
* Aviation Engineering
* Fire Service
* Emergency Medicine
* Media (TVNZ)
** Click HERE for Gateway Calendar and Events (http://www.otahuhucollege.school.nz/facilities/gateway-program/calendargateway.htm)
Any parents who could assist the students with potential work experience in joinery, carpentry, concrete laying, glazing or cabinetmaking; please contact Miss Collings