Gateway is a programme that combines school-based learning with structured learning in the workplace via work placement opportunities.

Gateway provides an opportunity for students to make progress in gaining a career qualification before leaving school. Gateway can also help some students tick off the work experience component needed to gain entry into certain university courses.

Some students use Gateway as a stepping stone directly into a career of their choice. Students that excel on work placements sometimes are successful at gaining apprenticeships with local businesses to start their trades-based career. For others the work training leads to part-time jobs that support them while they attend tertiary training.

For other students, it’s a good chance to check out a career in a hands-on way and make an informed decision about whether its a good match for them before pursuing tertiary education in that area.

Past Westland High School students have had successful work placements in the following Industries:

Building Aviation Hairdressing Early Childhood

Agriculture Hospitality Tourism Education (Primary)

Retail Nursing Plastering Electrical Engineering

Youth Work Bricklaying Boat building Beauty

Vet Nursing Printing Engineering Sport & Recreation (Gym and Coaching)

Automotive (Diesel, General and Electrical)



Gateway students are expected to:

  • complete a negotiated amount of unpaid work. This could be done by undertaking Gateway in an option line or in addition to your programme (i.e. in the evenings, weekends or school holidays)
  • keep up-to-date with all other schoolwork
  • attend classes regularly
  • achieve at least 20 credits
  • complete the compulsory health and safety and first aid courses plus the industry units available
  • keep a logbook
  • treat their employer with respect and are courteous and responsible including advising their employer in advance in they are unable to attend on a scheduled day.

Students who may be best suited for Gateway are those who are:

  • Committed, motivated and have a real desire to find out more about their future employment possibilities
  • can work independently towards the credits expected from them
  • reliable and have a positive attitude.

Process for signing up for Gateway

Mrs Greig is Westland High School’s Gateway Co-ordinator. The first step is to arrange a meeting with her.

Students will be required to:

  • complete an application form
  • be interviewed as part of a selection process to determine suitability for the programme and interests or goals
  • gain parent or caregiver consent
  • complete a health and safety course or Unit Standard 497
  • sign a contract between the school and employer to formalise the arrangement before the student can enter the workplace.


Upcoming events

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Last day of term 4, 2020.

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre.

Monday 30 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 23 Nov

23rd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre.

Friday 13 Nov

13th November Senior students go on study leave for their NCEA exams.

Monday 26 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 12 Oct

12th October to 17th October Westland High School will be staging Big Fish a School production at the Regent t... [Read more]

Monday 12 Oct

Term 4 begins

Friday 25 Sep

Last day of term 3.

Friday 25 Sep

25th September the Westland High School Ball takes place. More information regarding venue and other details w... [Read more]
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