Injecting over 1500 credits into student NCEA achievement is no mean feat, but with the support of local employers, that is exactly what Gateway students from Matamata College have managed to do.

With students exploring a number of different career options from being vets to early childhood teachers, farmers, mechanics and personal trainers –  you name it, students have been doing it this year, and have been very successful! What better way to find out what a career involves than to “try before you buy” with an experienced and supportive local employer giving students the inside skinny on what it means to work in their industry.

More than just another “work experience” scheme, Gateway provides individualised and tailored learning around the interests of the student, with a structured study programme designed to support NCEA achievement and also expose students to tertiary study.

“Students achieve best when they are interested in the subject matter” says Coordinator, Kym Bolton-Hampton, “and Gateway provides an opportunity for students to gain credits out of the typical classroom environment. A large number of students have achieved their NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 as a direct result of their efforts in Gateway, with one student achieving a whopping 63 credits. It is this capacity to respond to the needs of employer, students and families that really supports the success of students involved.”

An awards evening was held at Matamata College recently where students received course and credit certificates, had an opportunity to share successes with their friends and families and offer their appreciation to local businesses who offered placements.

“Thanks again to everyone who has supported Gateway” said Kym – “Not only the businesses, but those in the community who have been positive and encouraging to students and gone that “extra mile” to give our young people a boost.”

As a local business or if you have a student at the college who might be interested in looking into Gateway opportunities, you are very welcome to contact Coordinator Kym Bolton-Hampton on,  0275483929 or check out the Gateway Facebook page.

Caron Stewart- The Scene

  1. Pictured from back left are Wiki Horne, Taynian Smith, Carmelle Paterson (Matamata Countdown) and Anita Prasad (Z Service Station). In front are Tania McCarthy (Service IQ) and Serena Singh (Matamata Countdown store manager).
  2. Title Pic: Pictured with Dave Sheely (Fairview’s assistant training manager) are from back left Morgan Prescott, Luke Pilmore-Evans, Liam Coleman and Stanley Mayo.