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Learning Area: The world of work

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Course description:

Lifeskills offers students the opportunity to learn about the things they need to know when they leave school. Level 1 focuses on job readiness which includes CV’s, interview skills, First Aid, Filling in forms, care and timeliness and budgeting.

Possible pathways: Helps develop vocational skills. Can lead on to all subject areas.

NCEA credits available: Credits available – 19 (US)

Exclusions: None


Course description:

Lifeskills offers students the opportunity to learn about things they need to know when they leave school. Level 2 Lifeskills focuses on career planning and getting ready for independence. Topics include Law, Job search and Career planning, flatting and First Aid.

Possible pathways:

Helps develop vocational skills. Leads on to all subjects.

NCEA credits available: Credits available – 20 (US)


Course description:

Lifeskills is a course that helps students prepare for life outside school. Students will focus on career units and research. Topics include Career planning, Read for research, Report writing, Health and Safety.

Possible pathways:

Vocational Skills/different Pathways

NCEA credits available: Up to 19 Credits available (US)

Exclusions: None


Course description:

Gateway is a programme that allows students the opportunity to experience the working environment while still at school. Students choose an industry sector they wish to explore and are placed on work experience with an employer for one day a week (or equivalent). During this time students will attend work and complete normal employment tasks, thus getting experience of the work environment and normal employee expectations. This course is a full year course offering a range of Unit Standards at Level 1,2 and 3. Students may be expected to follow a range or specialist industry assessments delivered and assessed externally by providers (ITO’s for example). Students will be expected to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of placement and abiding by the rules of Gateway protocol. These include absences and contact procedures, and procedures covering disputes and discipline. Students will be interviewed before they are allowed on the programme.

Possible pathways:

Gateway helps students develop skills in specific industries. It can lead to part time work and possibly apprenticeships. The course can lead to different pathways.

NCEA credits available: NCEA credits – up to 20+ credits available (US).

Exclusions: Students are interviewed.


Course description:

In Transition students study a range of vocational skills. This is about making you work ready. We cover height safety and manual handling. Some students will gain an OSH forklift license, some will participate in a Fencing course. All students will develop their potential to be active members of the workforce. The course is for Year 13’s only and a willingness to participate in physical activity. A learners or restricted license would be an advantage. There are no course costs although you will be asked to provide your own work boots.

Possible pathways:

Students in Transition can progress into the building or into the infrastructure industries. They can carry out further study at Whitireia or as part of an apprenticeship. The course can lead to different pathways.

NCEA credits available: Possibly up to 30 credits (Depending on students)

Exclusions: None


Course description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce and prepare students in years 11 to 13 for a career in the NZ Defence Force, NZ Police or a Services related industry. We will cover topics and activities that will prepare them for this type of career.

Possible pathways:

Students taking this course will be supported with the application process common to the NZDF, NZ Police, NZ Fire Service or similar fields of employment.

NCEA credits available: Students will gain 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in numeracy and literacy (these will be compulsory if they haven't attained them already). They can also gain a NCEA Level 2 qualification with 90 Level 1, 2 and 3 credits that are available.

Exclusions: As a minimum age, students must be turning 16 years old in Academy year


Course description:

This course aims to provide students with a common base (foundational) level understanding of the knowledge, skills, attributes and attitudes associated with the Police and Policing, and potentially other agencies, in Aotearoa New Zealand. In addition to this, the course will provide an opportunity for students to explore the physical and leadership requirements of a police officer.

Topics include, but not limited to:

• The role of Police in contributing to better public services and societal outcomes

• History of police within the community

• Diversity of policing in the community

• Mätauranga Maori and police

• Communication

• Formal and informal interview strategies

• Physical appraisal training and testing

• Leadership in Police

• Emotional Intelligence and policing

• Community work- based experiences

Possible pathways:

NZ Police