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Mr Comeau congratulates Alyssa Haren and Annabel Bartlett on their Red Shirts in Schools success
Photo by Marian Mehrtens

Congratulations to our Red Shirts in Schools participants

Marian Mehrtens —

The Gateway Programme is in full swing with almost 30 students registered with local employers to complete their one day per week work placement

We will be profiling Gateway students over the next few months in the newsletter, showing what they are doing, sharing their success and promoting the diverse range of careers being explored.

For those who are not familiar with the Gateway Programme it is a subject that can be taken in Year 12 or 13 where students attend a workplace for 1 day every week. They have an individual learning plan designed just for them; they work on industry standards relevant to their workplace with practical skills signed off by their employer and theory work to complete in their Gateway class at school. Industry standards count towards national qualifications and also count towards NCEA; they often lead to apprenticeships or further training. 

This week we congratulate two students who have completed the Red Shirts in Schools Gateway Programme. Annabel Bartlett and Alyssa Haren have completed a 10 week placement getting hands-on experience at The Warehouse. They have had the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work in the retail industry. Every Tuesday they have joined the team at The Warehouse where they have learnt about the many different roles from customer service, stock management, in-store merchandising through to supervising and store management.  

Throughout the programme a Service IQ Trainer visited the students in store, they attended tutorials and completed assessments; they have achieved the requirements to receive a Customer Service Award.  Annabel and Alyssa have achieved 22 Level 2 credits which count towards NCEA, the credits can also be used towards a National Certificate in Retail if they continue in this direction in the future.