Mount Aspiring College's successful Gateway Programme is going from strength to strength. Between 2007 and 2013 over 100 senior students have taken up the challenge of combining work based learning with their on-site academic programme.
We were stoked to hear that one of our first Gateway students in 2007, Sarah Tweedie, has just completed her first year as an Early Childhood Education teacher in Queenstown. Sarah spent two years on the Gateway Programme, gaining experience at three local ECE centres and completing units towards the National Certificate in Childcare. She then completed a Nanny Certificate at SIT which helped her gain entry onto ECE Teaching Diploma from which she graduated in 2011. Sarah's passion and hard work made her career dreams come true.
If you would like to know more about this exciting programme or would like to place a student in the future then contact the MAC Gateway Coordinator.
Gateway supports students undertaking learning and assessment in the workplace. Schools are funded to co-ordinate this activity to ensure the educational and subsequent employment needs of students are met.
Structured workplace learning is a formalised learning arrangement set in an actual workplace for a sustained period of time, with clear understandings about the knowledge and skills to be attained, and the assessment of unit or achievement standards.
Students complete a work placement and have their learning in the workplace assessed against unit and/or achievement standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and integrated with their current programme of study.
Gateway provides senior school students with valuable learning and ‘pathwaying’ opportunities. For example, students can gain specific vocational skills leading to future employment and can benefit from making significant progress towards qualifications. All students can enhance their career management skills in a world where the roles of learner and worker continue to change.
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