Students find Gateway to work experience
The students above were a few of those involved in the Gateway programme in 2013.
2014 is the eighth year of Gateway at Glenfield College. It is funded by the Tertiary Education
Commission and is offered to Year 12 and 13 students.
Using our established contacts of various employers and education providers we had a successful year,
placing fifty-two students in their respective jobs of interest, in different industries in Auckland. The
students involved have been reliable and enthusiastic in the work place and have made the most of their
opportunity through Gateway.
The influence of Gateway on our students has been tremendous. Liam Noah was offered a plumbing
apprenticeship with Bassett Plumbing and Drainlaying, Rehua Kaio is in full-time employment at Shakthi
Construction, Finn Peri, Jade Woodhall and Tyler Singe are in part-time employment at Sky City Hotel
and Campbell Crump is in part-time employment at GR Engineering. All students have gained valuable
experience in their industry and have grown in confidence. All students showed commitment and
learned a lot about themselves and their journey beyond school.
Employer, Greg Riach, Director of GR Engineering said that he supports the Gateway Programme and
believes there is good merit in getting students out into the workforce to experience the real world of
work and assist them in making career choices which could also lead to good opportunities for entering
Another employer, Rishi Singh, Director of Shakthi Construction said that Gateway is a great initiative
for providing students with real life experience of the work environment in a particular career that they
aspire to. In many ways it helps students realize if the career path they wish to pursue is ultimately for
them. We have been involved with a few students over the years and within a week or so of interaction,
students have a reasonable understanding if this is the career path they wish to pursue. This is hugely
beneficial to students as it helps alleviate the heartache and costs of pursuing a career path, only to
realize halfway down their studies, that this is not for them.
From an employer’s perspective, it is rewarding to see students complete their stay and practical
training with the company. Our company’s philosophy has always been, to give back into the
community that supports us. Gateway provides a workable solution to achieve this goal. Gateway also
gives us the opportunity to screen potential candidates, interested in our industry, that show promise
and offer them apprenticeships and employment opportunities. From my perspective, Gateway is a win,
win situation for everyone, not only for the student and employer, but for the industry and ultimately