What is Gateway?

Gateway is a subject choice at Westlake Boys High School that introduces our students to the working world. It is available to Year 13’s.  (Year 12’s can be considered in special circumstances).  The programme is classroom based with the opportunity to partake in a 1-5 week placement where 1 day a week is spent in a workplace.


Placement means that the students can explore different careers and helps them understand the skills required and tasks involved in certain fields.


In the past our students have been placed in industries such as construction, joinery, electrical, plumbing, automotive, business, finance, law, engineering, arts, marine, property, sport and primary industries.


The programme allows the students to gain new skills, build confidence and improve on their communication skills. Interacting with others outside of the school can be daunting but it is something that Gateway students learn to do with ease.


Gateway links the New Zealand workplace and school-based learning so that relevant hands on learning can result in recognised qualifications such as level 1 First Aid and Health and Safety certificates.


There is a focus on employability skills and how to write an impressive CV.


If you’re interested in participating in Gateway (either as a student or as an employer offering a placement) then please contact Mrs Scanlen at


Gateway Stories 2021

Zak Edwards, Carpentry Placement at Progressive Building

In March 2021 Zak Edwards secured an apprenticeship in carpentry with Progressive Building.  Zak had been doing his Gateway placement with Jon Horsfall, who was most impressed with Zak’s reliability, responsibility and efficiency at work.  Congratulations Zak and best of luck for your future career as a builder.


Marlon Senior, Marketing Placement at Business North Harbour

Gateway isn’t just for trades.  This term Marlon Senior has been spending Thursday’s working with the marketing team at Business North Harbour.   He has learnt the ins and outs of event management, social media marketing, writing articles, creating website posts and attending trade functions.  These skills learnt are invaluable to school students as they give them the opportunity to evaluate future career options, gain work experience and business contacts.


Marlon pictured with Romane Duvivier, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Business North Harbour


Lucas Wallace, Electrical Placement at The Sound Store

Lucas has been spending his Gateway placement learning about high end electrical home automation.  His employer “The Sound Store” were so impressed with Lucas’s work ethic he was offered paid work during the April holidays.

Lucas is pictured below, installing brackets for a sound system in a new home.


Joseph Almencion, Hospitality/Tourism Placement at Sky City

Through the Gateway programme, Year 13 student Joseph Almencion has been learning about careers in hospitality and tourism at a 10 week placement at Sky City.

He works at Sky City every Monday from May to July and is spending time in different departments including concierge, housekeeping and even as a Sky tower host.

As well as learning about the varied careers available, the placement enables students to gain experience, build confidence and improve communication skills.


Joseph pictured working on the concierge desk at Sky City Grand Hotel.

Joseph working alongside Bella Finn (ex Rangitoto College Gateway student and now fulltime employee at Sky City)



Taylor Rutherford, Building Placement with Premium Construction

Pictured below is Taylor Rutherford at a new build he’s been working at in Greenhithe.  Taylor has been learning many skills on his building placement and is thoroughly enjoying it.  In Taylor’s words it is “mean as”.



Tyler Goosen & Adam Howlett, Business Placement (Apparel industry) with AS Colour

Tyler and Adam both have a passion for business.  So much so, they have launched their own fashion label Runalone.  They both wanted to learn about all aspects involved in the garment industry so what better place to do their Gateway placement than with NZ success story AS Colour.  On placement, every day is different and so far they have spent time in sales, logistics and in helping set up the new retail store at AS Colour’s brand new offices in West Auckland.

Tyler at the brand new AS Colour warehouse and head office in Westgate


Grechen Govender – Healthcare Placement with The Orchards Metlifecare Retirement Village

Grechen is interested in pursuing a career that focuses on caring for the health and well-being of people – whether that be as a healthcare assistant, counsellor or psychologist.  The two day placement at The Orchards will give Grechen an insight into the varied roles available in the care for elderly people.

Grechen pictured above inside the care facility at The Orchards – Metlifecare Retirement Village