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STAR –  Career Development Courses

The STAR program is for senior students who wish to explore employment options and interests while gaining Unit Standard credits toward NCEA Level 1-3.  Credits often go toward a National Certificate qualification also.

STAR is also available in assisting students who wish to study a university paper or attend a block course that is on offer from one of the many Industry Training Organisations or tertiary institutes that we have well founded relationships with.

“STAR aims to support student in making informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study”

Gateway – Work Based Career Development

The Gateway program is available to senior students who wish to begin their vocational training while still gaining secondary school qualifications.

This program is funded and between 80 and 100 students are afforded this excellent opportunity each year.  Students are placed in the community in areas as diverse as Hairdressing, Automotive, Early Childcare and Construction.

Students begin their career training while at their organised work placement, completing industry based standards of work that are sourced from a variety of Industry Training Organisations (ITO).

Gateway both broadens and strengthens pathways for students as they work toward future education, training or employment.”

Employers also benefit from Gateway by having a stronger relationship with schools and meeting local employment needs.  They are able to recruit more effectively and enhance their company skills base.

Vocational Pathways Award Winners

Within the department we have our own unique awards and this year the caliber of nominations was again very high and we are pleased to announce the following Vocational Pathway award recipients for 2018.

Award Winners

Year 12 Gateway Trophy                                           Talia Cardie

Year 13 Gateway Trophy                                           Ryan Vincent

Anne Wilson Entrepreneur of the Year Trophy          Mikaela Nassif-Phillips

Beverley McLean Gateway Trophy                            Ben Oaten



Gateway Newsletter

Term 1 VP Newsletter 18

Term 2 VP Newsletter 18

Term 3 VP Newsletter 17


Spotswood College Vocational Pathways Sponsorship

We gratefully thank the following organisations for their support of our Department.




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