Gateway into Health Careers for young people
Gateway opens a new pathway from school to the world of work. It's a great opportunity to blend school study with workplace learning and experience. Units are assessed in the workplace, counting towards national qualifications.
Tertiarty Education Commission
Gateway into Health is a project for medium to long term Workforce Develoment for young people - through a collaborative approach between Lakes DHB, Rotorua District Council, Rotorua Secondary Schools & Tertiary Education providers.
The objectives of this project is to:
provide the opportunity to gain an insight into health professions inthe reality of the practise setting
ensure the student and the patient are kept safe at al times during the placement
deliver structured and individual work experience programmes which include personal objectives
ensure organisational risk relating to this programme is eliminated
This project has now been in place since November 2007, with 17 students completing placements. We have had great success with 4 students now enrolled to study nursing, 1 student studying to be an MRT, 1 student deciding to study medicine and a further 6 students seriously considering a career in health.
Placements are for 1 day per week for 10 weeks (longer or shorter by negotiation). The areas/departments participating in this programme are:
Nursing (Children's Unit and Rehabilitation/Elderly)
Medicine (Placements with a Physician where possible)
Facilities (Electrician or Carpentry)
Radiology (Medical Radiation Technologist)
Jessica McMullen – Rotorua Lakes High School – Year 13
18th July 2007 – 2008
“During my placement I spent time in Radiology, Surgery and the Children’s Unit including spending a few weeks with the Play Specialists.
I found the nurses were very encouraging and always eager to help me have the best experience possible.”
“My experience at the hospital was so good I chose to return again this year which is proving to be very worth while and educational.”
“I have matured a lot since starting my gateway placement last year and now feel that next year, thanks to Rotorua Hospital, I will be ready to take on nursing training as part of my pathway to a career in nursing.”
Rachael Canning - John Paul College
25th February 2009
"My gateway experience at the hospital has given me a greater insight into what I might want to pursue as a career. With my disability it has helped me realised that nursing is most definitely a career option for me, as well as getting a look into other fields in health that I would never have had the opportunity to do otherwise."
We are now able to offer Gateway placements at Taupo Hospital.
If you are interested in taking part in this project or have any queries please contact your school Gateway Coordinator or contact me:
Shelley Solomon Ph 3499009 ext 8461