Student centred Pathways: navigating the way forward and building for the future

Our vision is to help prepare students to be lifelong career managers by encouraging them to: identify and follow their passions, commit to ongoing learning, focus on and enjoy the journey, and be ready to adapt and manage change in the future.

Pathways is all about Education to Employment.  We build individual programmes for individual students.


Students choosing Pathways as a subject will have access to the following:

  • Work experience in hospitality, trades and a range of other sectors

  • Knowledge and preparation for future employment or further training

  • The opportunity to engage and learn in areas that are not taught through the regular school timetable

  • A place for gifted and talented students to excel and do extension courses, including accelerated learning and university extension papers

  • Access to experiences and courses that will broaden students’ horizons about opportunities for their future careers

  • Access to taster courses and other short courses delivered by outside agencies across a wide range of industries, many of which will support students’ capacity to move into those industries after schooling

  • Skill development and personal growth through work experience, gateway courses, and online learning opportunities

Pathways is for students of every ability and any intended occupation.

Pathways students will be able to add experience and sector knowledge to their CV.

Pathways has a close and integrated relationship with the school’s careers education programme.

What might Pathways look like for an individual student?

The Pathways course is student centred. It is unlimited and entirely negotiable.

Some of the possibilities include:

  • Te Kura courses in subjects not offered by our school

  • Work experience

  • University courses

  • Whitireia/Weltec courses

  • Gateway programmes

  • Trades Academy courses

  • Hospitality

  • Mentoring

  • Private training organisation courses

Selection Process

If you would like to choose this subject the process is that you

  • Discuss this with your Ako teacher and whānau about what you would like to do

  • Go through the options above

  • Then make an appointment with Ms Meulenbroeks to clarify a pathway option suited to your needs

  • Note: The emphasis is on experience and learning new skills to develop confidence in a range of employment areas