What is Gateway?

The Gateway Programme is designed to make the transition from work to employment or further study smoother and easier. It is a great opportunity for students to blend school study with workplace learning and experience. Students get to try a career before committing to further education or full time employment. They get to participate in a “real” work setting, learning the values and expectations required, while still gaining specific industry skills and credits towards NCEA.

Details of Gateway:
• Government funded. There are no costs to students at all; travel costs are covered as are any clothing or equipment required in the work place (eg, hearing protection, steel cap boots).
• For year 11, 12 and 13 students.
• In the workplace one day a week for approximately 11 weeks.
• Students are required to achieve 20 NCEA unit standard credits in Gateway.
• Gateway standards are unit standards not achievement standards and do not/ cannot count towards endorsements. They are based on the type of work students are doing and can be pre-apprenticeship units.
• The work placement is usually flexible and if the student has an assessment for another subject on a work placement day, we can generally adjust things to make this work, as long as we know about it in advance.
We try to make the work placement day on the same day every week.  Students are responsible for catching up on any work missed at school on days they are out at work placement.

If you are interested in applying for the Gateway programme contact Mrs Kerry Weston the Gateway Co-ordinator in the Gateway office by Espresso Blue or Ms Karina Campbell, HOD pathways in B3.  Or email Mrs Weston on


What is Trades Academy or Future Pathways?

Trades Academy is a dual enrolment programme run with Weltec/Whitireia and Primary ITO (for Farming).  This programme is designed to help transition students from Secondary school into trades-related tertiary study.  The programme allows students to study at Upper Hutt College for three days a week, while learning new trades or job related skills on the other two days.

Details about the programme:

  • For Year 12 students, although it may be expanded to Year 13 students in 2021, this is yet to be confirmed.
  • Students stay enrolled at school and go to either Weltec or Whitireia part time 1 or 2 days per week.
  • There is no cost to students for this, it is all fully funded and transport costs are subsidised.
  • Students can achieve NCEA Level 2 credits, in some courses up to 40 credits are available.

As students on this programme are out of school for up to two days a week, they are not expected to complete 100% of work in their other subjects.  However, students need to take responsibility for catching up on work missed as much as possible.  The expectiation is that with the credits gained though this programme and remaining subjects at school, they will achieve NCEA Level 2.

Study areas offered can change each year, however in the past they have offered:

  • Construction
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Salon Environment

Anyone interested in finding out more about this programme or what is being offered should talk to Ms Campbell, HOD Pathways in B3 or Mrs Weston, in Gateway Office or Careers Office or by email:

What is STAR?

(Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) is an important grant used by Upper Hutt College to provide opportunities for senior students to explore career pathways.

This is an excellent resource available for students to assist them in their career or subject choices.

The objectives of STAR are to:

  • provide flexible funding for courses which will better respond to students’ needs, motivate them to achieve, and facilitate their smooth transition to further education, training or employment
  • support students to explore career pathways and help them make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study.

STAR Short courses students have been involved in the past:

  • Elite Beauty and Make up courses
  • NZ School of Tourism taster courses, including air steward, hotel and resort management
  • Barista training
  • Leadership
  • Security course as preparation for Police or Defence careers
  • Short courses at Weltec/Whitireia including Plumbing, Carpentry, Automotive Engineering, Salon Experience and more.

If you are interested in finding out more about STAR courses contact Mrs Kerry Weston in the careers or Gateway offices or email: