Gateway Breakfast for Orewa College

Left, Jake Moore worked as a chef at Northern Union in Silverdale as part of the Gateway Programme. He was also named Orewa College’s Male Gateway Student of the Year. RDK Holdings opened a gateway to employment in the agricultural industry for Samantha Phillips, Orewa College’s Female Gateway Student of the Year .

More than 100 people were at an Orewa College event that brings students and the business community together.

It is the 13th time that the college has held a Gateway breakfast to showcase the important role that the Gateway Programme plays in helping students build skills for employment and offering opportunities for workplace learning; bridging the gap between school and the world of work.  

A total of 110 people attended the event, on October 25, including Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and one of the programme’s longstanding supporters, Colin Chester from Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom Centre and his wife Rosie.

Orewa College’s Gateway Programme coordinator Janet Holliday says that the breakfast is held to thank the local business community for supporting the 37 students enrolled in the programme and providing them with placements and work experience.

Six of the school’s Gateway students have secured apprenticeships as a result, to date.

The Gateway Students of the Year were Samantha Phillips, who was placed with RDK Holdings in the Agricultural Industry and Jake Moore who was placed as a chef at the Northern Union Gastro Pub.

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