Gateway is a programme funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) that enables secondary school students to experience real workplaces. *ServiceIQ’s involvement in Gateway enables interested students to gain work experience in the aviation, tourism, travel and museums industries and, in turn, make informed choices about their future career paths.
Through the programme school students spend time in the workplace with a local employer (usually one day a week), enabling them to gain practical skills and knowledge. They work towards achieving particular unit standards (learning topics), which will prepare them for further study, training or employment after high school.
For employers, involvement in the programme is an opportunity to bring an extra pair of hands into your workplace, to show case your industry and workplace, to give something back to your community, for you or your staff to gain experience in training, and to access potential future employees.
Most of all, it means you are giving an interested student the opportunity to develop a life-long passion for your industry at a crucial point in their career. Successful Gateway trainees become ideal employees and will be well prepared for Modern Apprenticeships and other workplace training schemes within *ServiceIQ industries.
What’s in it for your business?
Employers involved in Gateway enjoy the following benefits:
- Exposure to possible new employees
- Assisted experience in training
- The rewarding experience of helping young people and giving something back to your community and local school
- The fresh ideas that young people can bring to your workplace
Gateway is especially popular with small businesses, including workplaces that have not been involved in workplace training before. It offers businesses an easy way to explore the benefits of other workplace training or modern apprenticeships.
How does Gateway work?
The programme is specially designed for students who have shown a particular interest in an industry. Gateway Coordinators in schools identify students who could benefit from the programme and will work with local employers to place them in a workplace for one day a week.
There is no cost to employers or students. Employers are able to meet potential students and there is no obligation to offer the student a position for the long-term and the student is not paid for the time they are with you.
Gateway Coordinators make sure students are prepared for work and are available to support employers and students throughout the duration of the programme.
*ServiceIQ has developed learning resources for the workplace, Gateway Coordinator and student to use to complete the programme. These are well designed and easy for the student and workplace mentor to work through.
Trainees have clear targets for the knowledge and skills to be gained as part of the programme. They will be formally assessed against unit or achievement standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Workplaces are encouraged to take an active role in the development of the learning programme for each trainee, to ensure it is well-suited to the workplace.
To be eligible for Gateway school students must:
- Be in years 11-13 (forms 5-7) at school
- Be New Zealand (or Australian) residents
- Be interested in a career in your industry and be work-ready
- Fit any criteria set by your company. For example, they must be available to come in on weekends if required by your workplace
- Have a positive attitude to work and training
Employers wanting to offer a Gateway work placement to a student must:
- Ensure the workplace environment is safe and appropriate for the age range
- Ensure the Gateway student will learn in the workplace with support from a workplace mentor
- Ensure the mentor and workplace environment is positive and supportive
- Sign a written agreement and a learning plan agreed between the school, the employer, the accredited industry assessor and the student. The school is responsible for Gateway administration and *ServiceIQ will administer the reporting of credits to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
- Be willing to attest in writing that students have displayed workplace competencies
- Familiarise themselves with the Gateway information provided for schools and for students
Employer health and safety responsibilities under Gateway
The workplace is not expected to provide safety clothing and equipment - this is the responsibility of the school. Workplaces are required to train students in basic health and safety in the workplace in the same way that they train their employees.
If a student is injured while in your workplace, ACC will cover their injury. It is important that the doctor is told that it is not a workplace accident as students are not paid and are therefore not classed as employees.
Keen to get involved? Contact ServiceIQ to find out more about getting involved in Gateway.
*1 January 2013 the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO), the Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) and Retail Institute (RI) merged, transforming into ServiceIQ - the service-based Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the aviation, tourism, travel, retail, wholesale and hospitality industries.