Vocational Pathways

Transitioning from school can start in Year 12 with applying for a Vocational Pathways programme; Dual Enrolment with a training academy, STAR or Gateway courses.  These programmes can give you an idea of what you would like to do when you leave school and qualify towards the career you wish to proceed with.  Each course has an application process you need to go through.  By clicking on the links below, you will find out about what each type of course offers and be able to download the application form.

There are 4 ways you can work towards a Trade Qualification while at school;

STAR, Gateway, Dual Enrolment and Work Experience.  Check out the requirements below: 



The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) assists to provide Year 11-13 students’ with relevant, coherent learning experiences aligned to the Vocational Pathways.

  • The objectives of STAR : 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.

Selected STAR courses offer Level 1-3 NCEA credits while other courses offer students experiential learning, closely aligned to a particular career or industry.

STAR courses are offered to individual student that are interested in specific courses related to industry. If you are a student who has identified a strong interest in a particular career pathway or industry like Hospitality or Building and Construction as a possible future career, you maybe offered Barista, Site Safe and/or a Comprehensive First Aid certificate course.

STAR courses, whenever possible while be held during the school holidays to minimise your time out of school.

If you want to get on a STAR course, it must be must be approved by Mr Hall and Ms Kershaw. The availability of these courses depends on what STAR courses are being offered by external training providers like Ara.

If you are interested in attending a STAR course, you need to begin by filling out an application form.



Gateway is not just work experience

Once you have identified a career you are interested in, you can apply for a Gateway experience, which is a work based training designed to simulate the real world of work.

Gateway students will be as actively involved as possible within the constraints of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and at the same time will be working on industry based credits towards a national qualification.

Students may be referred by teachers who have noted particular talents, work ethics and goals of students.


We are looking for enthusiastic, work-ready students, who can show responsibility by getting out into the workplace, gaining confidence, project a professional manner and represent St Bede’s College with pride.

Gateway is a great place to gain work experience in Customer Service, Automotive, Hospital Care, Early Childhood, Food and Hospitality to name only a few. We will endeavour to find work experience in any field that may be helpful for you, in choosing a successful pathway for when you leave school.

Unit Standards

As part of the program, students are able to achieve suitable Unit Standards. As the Unit Standards often have costs associated with them, there is an expectation that the student will complete and achieve the credits offered to the best of their ability.

We will endeavour to make the best overall matches for each student and try not to disrupt student timetables if at all possible

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact our Gateway Coordinator, Mr Hall.

Selection process

Student applicants will go through a selection process which depends on several things:

  • Individual student timetables

  • Attitude and commitment to the Gateway Programme

  • Be work-ready!

  • Completion of appropriate Unit Standards

  • Availability of suitable work experience

SBC Gateway Application

Dual Enrolment


This program has you enrolled in 2 learning institutions.  This could mean…

  • 3 days as an enrolled student at St Bede’s College
  • 2 days as an enrolled student at Ara Institute/or other tertiary providers

Work Experience


Students can experience work in an area of interest, a number of different ways.

  1. Internships – where you experience working in a firm or a business for a number of days
  2. Job shadowing – where you follow someone in a professional capacity around for a day to see what their career involves on a day to day basis.
  3. Part-time job or a holiday job – will also give you real life experience in the workplace and might lead to full -time permanent employment
  4. Voluntary work at school, in sport teams, youth organisations and cultural groups.

Volunteering helps you to explore career option increase your skills and experience for your C.V. and make useful contacts or referees.

Work experience important because it:

  • improves your chances of finding a job as you will have work experience
  • increases your chances of job offers 
  • helps you learn more about a job and if you like it or not
  • increases your knowledge of other jobs you might like
  • increases your NCEA credits if you’re doing work experience programmes such as Gateway.