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Emma Bown, Gordons Valley Station
Photo by Marian Mehrtens

Gateway Profile - Emma Bown

Marian Mehrtens —

The primary industry I selected to learn more about is sheep and beef farming. I am registered with the Primary Industry Training Organisation, I work on theory unit standards in Gateway class time and I am assessed for practical work while out on work experience.

My thoughts before starting Gateway this year were that it was a good chance to look at different jobs. I was interested in farming.

At the beginning of the year I researched different careers and trialed three taster days: Real Milk (dairy farm), The Darlings Farm (crop) and Gordons Valley Station (sheep and beef). 

My workplace for the year is at Gordons Valley Station. I go every Thursday for work experience from 8 am until 4 or 5:30ish pm. I have been attending this placement since March.

The job involves general farm hand activities; for example shifting stock, dealing with stock, shifting fences, and driving. Some of the tasks I also do are move the stock on the side by side, draft sheep, and learn about drenching.

I have a training advisor who marks my assessments and gives me feedback. The Primary ITO standards I complete count towards a future apprenticeship qualification and also count for NCEA.

My plan next year is to find a job on a farm. If I don't find a job straight away I will stay in school until I find the right job

If anyone is thinking of taking Gateway next year, my advice to them would be that it is a great way to find out what a job is really like. So far this year three people in my class have confirmed the career direction they want and have started full time work.