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 Customer Service Skills 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


Students wanting to enrol in Gateway for 2022 should:

  1. Select Gateway as a subject when doing subject selections and,
  2. Fill out this online application form

Further Information?

Watch a 7 minute presentation here:


Gateway Stories 2021 (scroll down to read what our students have been up to!)

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


Sanha Hwang and Henry Bishop – The Warehouse Red Shirts in Schools Gateway Training

Sanha and Henry have been working at The Warehouse Glenfield store this term as part of “The Warehouse Red Shirts” programme.  This is designed to give students a great opportunity to get hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in the retail industry and make helpful professional contacts for when they leave school.  There are many different roles in the retail and retail supply chain industry, from customer service, stock management, in-store merchandising, to supervisors, store managers and regional managers. Many employers also offer staff the opportunity to train on job, gain qualifications and advance their career by moving up into supervisor and management roles.  Henry and Sanha have both been thoroughly enjoying their time at the Warehouse and we wish them both luck in securing future employment with the popular retailer.

Luke Buckley – Personal Training Placement at Anytime Fitness

As an enthusiastic sportsman Luke is keen to explore career options in the fitness industry. He has been learning about the career options within a gym environment such as Personal Trainer, group fitness leader and other roles.  Luke has been doing his placement with the Constellation Rd branch of Anytime Fitness.


Guy Barlow – Auto Electrician placement at GT Auto Electrix

Every car is different and that’s what makes working on them so interesting.  There’s so much to learn in a day as an auto electrician and Guy is loving every minute of it.  Pictured here is Guy outside GT Auto Electrix in Wairau Valley.

Hounga Fonua – Engineering placement at Active Engineering

Hounga has been learning the importance of having an eye for detail in the engineering world. Active Engineering supports businesses across New Zealand and Hounga has learnt how engineering plays a large part in many different organisations. He’s been working hard under the supportive eye of the large Active Engineering family and learning lots of technical skills of the trade.


Connor Rogers – Plumbing Placement at Northside Plumbing

In term 2 Connor Rogers spent one day per week on his Gateway placement working at Northside Plumbing.  As a result, he very much impressed his manager Craig Fuller who has offered Connor a plumbing apprenticeship.  Congratulations Connor and best of luck for your future career in plumbing.

Patrick Khang – Business Placement at Fujifilm

Patrick Khang spent the July holidays doing a Gateway programme with Fujifilm.  Patrick aspires to be a business owner and is interested in all aspects of business.  The work experience at Fujifilm offered Patrick an insight into a variety of business areas including sales, marketing, logistics and customer service.



Callum Hoy – Heavy Diesel Mechanic Placement at Hick Bros Civil Construction

Callum has always been interested in a career as a heavy diesel mechanic and was excited to do his Gateway placement with Hick Bros in Silverdale.  On placement Callum assisted in the workshop helping assemble  machines, servicing vehicles and pumps.  Callum will be starting an apprenticeship with Hick Bros in January 2022.  Congratulations Callum!

Te Awa Marino – Countdown SEEDS Programme

Te Awa has been working at Countdown Silverdale as part of the Countdown SEEDS programme.  SEEDS (Students Entering Employment Developing Skills) is a Gateway programme that gives students a chance to get valuable work experience in supermarket retail and help make the transition from school into a career.


Noah Klein – Boat Systems Engineering Placement at Fishing Boats NZ

Noah has been learning all about working on boats and at marinas through his placement at Fishing Boats NZ.  Noah has really enjoyed the work so far and is thrilled to have recently been offered an apprenticeship to study for a NZ Certificate in Powerboats Systems and Servicing.