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Students checking out career choice options at the Pathways Planning evening

Career Education is integrated into the curriculum across all year levels in the school. The Careers Centre has a wide range of resources and services available to all students including access to the Career Services site and Careerquest – a computer assisted career guidance programme.

The department offers a range of services which include:
  • One on one interviews for all Year 13 students 
  • One on one interviews for all other students by appointment
  • Scholarships – lunchtime workshops, ‘Generosity’ on department computers, assistance with application forms and references
  • Pathways Planning – School Career Expo which is held to coincide with Option Choices
  • Assistance with option choices for the following year
  • Maori and Pacific Island Careers Evenings 
  • Gateway – a work-based learning programme for Year 12 students
  • Opportunities for students to attend “Student for a Day” and “Try it For a Day” at tertiary institutes
  • Weekly guest speakers covering academic as well as trade subjects
  • Help with writing C.V.s / Understanding Tertiary Choices
  • Visits from liaison staff of tertiary institutes to help students with applications   
  • Full and part-time job vacancies advertised in the department and online
  • Assistance with interview skills
Our primary means of communicating with the students of Avondale College is through the intranet site found at http://welcome.avcol.school.nz . On this site students have access to information on job vacancies, scholarships and events occurring throughout the year both within the school and at tertiary institutes, lunchtime speakers and Gateway. 
Students are able to download application forms for Gateway, copies of handouts such as ‘How to Write a C.V.’, ‘Interviews’, ‘Job Hunting’, and information on scholarships and overseas Universities. These can all be found under the heading ‘Documents’.
Jacqui Birkhead
Director of Careers
Ph: 09 820 1729
Judith Johnson
Careers Counsellor
STAR Co-ordinator
Ph: 09 828 7024 Ext 556
Jo Thomson
Careers Counsellor
Ph: 09 828 7024 ext 538


The GATEWAY programme is designed to strengthen the pathway for students to progress from school to the workplace.


For Students

  • An opportunity to ‘test drive’ their career choices and make informed choices about their future direction

  • Learn industry-based skills and gain valuable experience and knowledge

  • Provides students with structured workplace learning across a wide range of industries and businesses

  • Creates valuable relationships with industry professionals, builds links to Industry Training Organisations, modern apprenticeships and workplaces

  • Programme designed to meet their specific needs

  • Opportunity to gain extra credits to go on their NZQA record of learning

From a Year 12 Gateway student

Gateway was a great way for me to get out into the real world and experience what it’s like to work. It has helped me narrow down my choices. My placement was awesome, I met new people, learnt so much, as well as gaining extra unit standards at the same time. I recommend that students do Gateway because you will enjoy it.”

For Employers

  • Gain extra part time help

  • Build up skills in their industry

  • Opportunity to enhance their recruitment selection

  • Contribute to their local communities



  • Gateway is fully funded for 50 students
  • Open to Year 12 and 13 students

  • By way of Application and Interview process

Application forms and Gateway Brochures can be collected from either the Careers or Gateway office.

For more information about the Gateway Programme throughout New Zealand visit www.tec.govt.nz


Please contact the Gateway Coordinator Christine Boyle zboc@avcol.school.nz

Ph. (09) 828 7024 ext 509


Related Links > | Gateway Brochure
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