Vocational Studies and Gateway

Gateway is a work-based learning programme, which gives opportunities for students to explore the career pathway of their choice, and at the same time work towards gaining their NCEA qualifications. It is an initiative developed and supported by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), and builds on existing partnerships between the school, Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and employers.

Gateway Students experience the enjoyment and challenges of working within a safe and structured workplace for one day each week. All students are assessed in their workplace and can gain credits towards a National Certificate. Furthermore, the Gateway studies class operates in the school timetable alongside their other school classes. All Gateway students complete their Health and Safety unit standards before they can go into the workplace.

Trade Areas
Through our relationships with ITOs and local employers, Rongotai students have been able to experience work placements in a range on industry areas, including:

  • Automotive
  • Web Design
  • Butchery
  • Retail
  • Auto Electrical
  • Bakery
  • Painting
  • Hairdressing
  • Computers & IT Support
  • Aircraft Engineering
  • Motorcycles
  • Carpentry & Construction
  • Hospitality & Cookery
  • Electrical
  • Sport Coaching
  • Heavy Automotive Engineering
  • Panel Beating & Spray Painting
  • Plumbing

Student Achievement
Student achievement in Gateway is measured both by the number of NCEA credits gained and by our success in helping students either to gain apprenticeships or employment or to continue with tertiary study.

Supporting Tertiary Providers
Rongotai College has forged Gateway partnerships with the following tertiary providers:

  • Competenz
  • Meat Retail ITO
  • Media Design School
  • Motor Trade Association ITO
  • Building and Construction ITO
  • Wellington Institute of Technology
  • National Design of Technology
  • Electrical Training Company
  • G & H Training Company
  • Electrical Tec ITO
  • Printing and Allied Industries
  • Hospitality Standards Institute
  • New Zealand Road Transport and Logistics Industry Training Organisation
  • Painting ITO
  • New Zealand Contracting ITO
  • Service IQ

Industry Training Organisations that offer apprenticeships in New Zealand are:

Finding a Job
Websites that assist students in their job search.

How to search for work: https://www.careers.govt.nz/job-hunting/finding-work/how-to-search-for-jobs/

10 steps to Job Hunting : https://www.careers.govt.nz/job-hunting/finding-work/10-steps-to-job-hunting/

School Leavers Toolkit – Getting a Job : https://school-leavers-toolkit.education.govt.nz/en/getting-a-job/

Job Hunters E Book: https://www.careers.govt.nz/job-hunting/finding-work/job-hunters-ebook/