About work experience

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Getting involved in work experience programmes helps you find potential talent, showcases career pathways in your industry and raises your business profile.

You can find the work experience programme that’s the perfect fit for your business.

Gateway

Gateway enables Year 11 to 13 students to study for NCEA and tertiary credits and also work in a workplace. Students get a taste of what an apprenticeship is like as they take part in authentic work activities at your business.

A school’s Gateway co-ordinator or career adviser supports you to develop and deliver the programme.

Workchoice Days

On Workchoice Days you host a Year 12 student at your business for one day. The students watch a presentation and try different aspects of your job. These days usually take place in May.

A school’s Gateway co-ordinator or career adviser supports you to develop and deliver the programme.

Work shadowing

Work shadowing involves a student observing you or staff members while you work for a day.

Students can then ask about the career paths at your workplace and get advice and mentoring from you.

You can get help from a school’s Gateway co-ordinator, career adviser, a tertiary institute or your industry association.

Here are some successful examples of work shadowing:

Updated 23 May 2019