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Gateway is a programme funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for Senior Secondary Students. At Ōtaki College the 30 places that are available are generally filled with Year 12 and 13 students. International fee paying students are ineligible for Gateway. The Gateway programme strengthens pathways for students from school to further education and training or employment. 

Key Features of Gateway include: 
  • A work placement relevant to each student’s learning and vocational goals
  • An individualised learning plan for each student which identifies the learning and assessment to be undertaken 
  • A placement with an employer who can help deliver the learning plan
  • A work placement for a sustained period i.e.: a minimum of 3 terms, generally once a week, to ensure planned learning goals are met
Learning is usually assessed against National Qualification Framework Unit Standards &/or Achievement Standards. This assessment occurs both at school through generic standards such as workplace safety, first aid, targeted resume completion etc and also in the workplace.

There is no cost to students who participate in Gateway – the school is funded to staff the programme, to pay travel, equipment costs and course/assessment expenses for students. Students will not be paid while on their Gateway work placement, instead they will learn on the job skills relevant to their chosen pathway . 

Gateway is not restricted to any NQF fields. All employment fields for which qualifications exist are acceptable. Unit standards for the following career pathways have been studied in the past by Gateway students:

Some other possibilities could be: Apiculture (Bee Keeping), Aviation (Pilot Licence), Butchery, Call Centre, Care for the Elderly or Disabled, Computer Technician, Equine, Fire & Rescue Services, Floristry, Forestry, Glazing, Joinery, Logistics, Pharmacy, Photography, Plastering, Plastic & Material processing, Police, Printing, Security and Web Design. 

For further details about Unit Standards covered during class time, please refer to the 2013 Gateway Course Outline (Download Below).

Photos of some Gateway students on work placements in 2012:

Alisha Andrews – Ōtaki Kindergarten   Hoani Haeata – Top Brands Outlet   Ashley Carleton – SPCA Waikanae



Joe McArley – Davis Contracting Ltd    Nathan Naef – Café Oasis   Luke Benner – Webbs Quarry



Colin McArley – Levin Trucks   Emily Woodhouse – Ōtaki Early Learning Centre   Peni Tovia – Red House Café



OC Web,
14 Mar 2016, 13:49
OC Web,
14 Mar 2016, 13:49