|Gateway is a work experience programme for our senior students. It involves up to ten 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. Below are some case studies of placements this year which have included fashion, building, health, hospitality, veterinary, product design, pilot, excavating, fitness instructors, aeronautical engineering and early childhood teaching. Applications for Gateway 2016 will close on 4 September 2015.
The Warehouse – Rodney Goosen
For my Gateway placement I went to The Warehouse in Albany with other students from Long Bay College. During this programme we learnt customer service skills, how to talk and approach customers along with learning how The Warehouse operates
After the ten week course I spent a further day on work experience looking at marketing with Geoff from Selling Solutions and Logistics. He took me out to stores such as New World and Bunnings Warehouse and I did some merchandising for some of their products.
Service Engineering – Raymond Goosen
My Gateway placement was with a company called Service Engineers over a period of two weeks. I was fortunate to go on a service of a gangway (the passenger ramps for cruise ships) at the Auckland waterfront. This included checking for any visual or structural defects, greasing all the motors and mechanical parts.
I learnt how to operate most of the machines which included overhead cranes, rollers, cropper machine and many more. This was a very hands on and physically demanding job which is exactly what I want to do in the future.
RPM Engineering – Jarrod Grobbelaar
My Gateway placement was at RPM Engineering for one day a week over ten weeks. I learnt how to use the machines properly and safely.
Some of the jobs I was involved in included cleaning tools for a customer, working on the machines to make new jaws for vices out of aluminium and making a part for a trundle.
Babcock NZ – Jamie Falconer
After recently completing a ten week Marine Engineering Gateway placement at Babcock, I feel like I have a much better idea on the career pathway for myself. Gateway has given me the opportunity to gain further understanding into the Marine Engineering industry and I have left with a great deal of practical and theoretical knowledge.
During my placement I moved around multiple departments, seeing many different aspects of this environment and meeting a lot of experienced and talented people in the industry.
I was also given the opportunity to attend a day at The Royal NZ Air Force looking at career pathways within the Air Force.