Gateway is a work experience programme for our senior students. It involves up to 10 days work experience in an area of interest to the student. The placement is a mix of practical and theory work, in order that the student gets an overall picture of their chosen industry. Placements over the years have included: teaching, building, health, hospitality, veterinary, product design, pilot, excavating, fitness instructors, aeronautical engineering, all areas of engineering, automotive, customer service, banking, electrical, plumbing, youth work, height compliance, nursing, baking, automotive and early childhood teaching. Applications for Gateway 2017 are now open until September 8th 2016. Please come to the Careers Department if you would like a form.
NIKOLAY PETIN – SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT – BRAVURA SOLUTIONS
For my Gateway placement I was put in a company called Bravura Solutions. This company deals in creating wealth management software. For the five weeks that I was there I was taken through the jobs of the developers, architecture developers, business analysts and consultants, customer service advisors, and quality assurance testers. I also got to attend a workshop of how the company works with clients to implement new features. Overall I found this experience very enjoyable as it really helped me understand the process software development more and opened my eyes on how crucial teamwork is in the software engineering field.
TYLA LORIMER – PRIMARY TEACHING – TORBAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
I went to Torbay Primary School for my Gateway placement. I was placed in a Year 3 class to gain experience and knowledge in teaching. I had the best time there, it was very informative and solidified my decision to go into teaching in the future. I enjoyed being able to connect with the students and help them learn. I gained some amazing experience in what it’s like to teach children and how children learn. I believe Gateway has helped me a lot in deciding my career path and given me experience I know will be extremely valuable for my future. Going to my placement made my week and I would never trade this experience for anything.
MADISON REID – VET – DAIRY FLAT VETERNIARY CLINIC
I experienced first-hand the job of a Veterinarian and Vet Nurse at Dairy Flat Vets. This was an invaluable opportunity that allowed me to learn about the real everyday job of a vet. The job is tough, tiring and inspiring. I was able to gather knowledge from the staff about their experiences in University and gain advice before pursuing this career. I was able to observe surgeries, the farriers, dentistry, large to small animal consultations and go on practical call-outs to farms/lifestyle blocks.
If you have a career you are interested in, go to Gateway. This will help you figure out whether it is a career you really want and a job in which you will flourish. I feel as though I am more ready to become a part of the workforce as a result of this experience. I am ready to follow my dream with the knowledge that I can handle all of its challenges. I will never forget all that I have learnt and encourage anyone thinking about a possible career to apply to Gateway.
DYLAN NORRISH – BUILDING – KEVIN KNOWLES BUILDING AND EAST COAST BOATS LTD
During my Gateway experience I did work experience in building and boat building/boat maintenance. I used a lot of tools like nail guns, sabre saws, drop saw, and a skill saw to carry out many different tasks. For the boat building work experience I helped make a teak decking boarding platform for a massive super yacht. I also did sanding on the inside of a power-cat after there was a diesel leak in the hull. Throughout my Gateway experience I enjoyed working around new people who I wouldn't usually be around and luckily I didn't dislike anything. I feel that I have gained many skills throughout Gateway and would recommend for anyone to apply for this experience.
CHRISTABEL BERTIE – ESOL TEACHING – TORBAY PRIMARY
Gateway was such an amazing experience for me. In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as I got stuck in, it was great. My Gateway placement was at Torbay Primary School. The main sector I wanted to work in was ESOL but due to the generosity of the wonderful teachers there, they also allowed me to experience their Rainbow Reading Program and one on one reading with international students. I visited the Primary School every Tuesday for the course of 5 weeks. The kids there were amazing. They were so welcoming and it was so nice to be able to work closely with them. Most of my work involved speaking, playing a range of games with them, reading and writing. If anyone is considering ESOL teaching, primary teaching or something similar in the future, I would 100% recommend that you take part in Gateway. It was an experience that I will never forget and the skills and qualifications you gain are so helpful.
JOSHUA VAN KUYK – BUILDING – PAUL TROAKE CONSTRUCTION LIMITED
In Term 1 this year, I was lucky enough to do a Gateway placement with Paul Troake Construction LTD. Working on a site on County Road, the project had just started before I began working there one day a week, for ten weeks. Because of this I was able to see most of the buildings progress whilst I did my placement there. Tasks set to me by my other co-workers were all relevant for the project which I liked as at the end of a day’s work, I was able to see what I had done and how I had contribut
ed to the project. I am taking up the offer of an apprenticeship from Paul starting next year. Over the 10 week period I was also given hand tools and a belt to keep and paid work during the holidays this year. The experience working with Paul's company confirmed to me that building was the career path that I want to take. This experience was great and I would recommend to anyone wanting to choose a trade as their career path to apply for the Gateway programme.