Gateway & Star Programmes

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The Gateway programme strengthens pathways for students from school to further education and training or employment. Senior secondary students (Year 11 to Year 13+) in the Gateway programme undertake structured workplace learning across a range of industries and businesses around New Zealand, while continuing to study at school. All state and Integrated secondary schools are eligible to apply for Gateway.

Gateway delivery involves arranging structured workplace learning with the following characteristics:

  • a formalised learning arrangement set in the workplace
  • clear understandings about the knowledge and skills to be attained by learners
  • clear understandings about the assessment method used (workplace learning).

There is no cost to learners. Schools must comply with the requirements of Condition GAT017 which specifies the learning environment, health and safety requirements, and the information needs of learners and stakeholders.

So you are interested in horses?

Recognising the need to educate and inform the younger members of our communities about the horse and the harness racing industry,  Harness Racing New Zealand now offer equine training for high school students.

Gateway and Star programs are offered at most high schools throughout New Zealand and senior students that have an interest in the horse now have the opportunity to add equine unit standards to their NCEA Record of Learning.

HRNZ have a number of unit standards resources (from level one through to four) available for high school students to work on either by correspondence or in small classroom environment with other students who are also interested in the equine athlete. 

The students have access to first class workbooks, resources and assessments that have embedded numeracy and literacy and were developed by industry professionals.

The unit standards

The following are a sample of the unit standards that are available to students to gain credits for.  There are a number of other unit standards available.

Unit Standard 1660 - Identify, catch, and prepare a horse for exercise

Level 2

Credit 4

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify, catch, and restrain the horse; prepare the horse for gearing up; fit gear in preparation for exercise, according to supervisor's or trainer’s instructions; fit protection to the lower leg of the horse; and attend to post-exercise activities.

Unit Standard 1656 – Groom a horse

Level 2

Credit 2

People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare items in a grooming kit and the horse for grooming; groom the horse in a manner appropriate for the activity; clean and oil the horse's feet, and check for health status; and care for a grooming kit.

Unit Standard 6579 - Clean and maintain saddlery for horses

Level 2

Credit 2

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify parts of, disassemble, and inspect saddlery; and clean, reassemble, and store saddlery.

Unit Standard 1658 - Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and requirements of a career in the equine industry

Level 1

Credit 3

People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: the career opportunities in the New Zealand equine industry; the industry training structures and qualifications; further training opportunities in the equine industry; and describe how a work diary is used as a recording tool in the equine industry.

Working with schools

As a provider for the NZ Equine Education Trust,  Harness Racing NZ will work with each individual school to:

  1. Provide suitable workplace placement for students
  2. Provide each student with a clear guide to the requirements they must meet to achieve each unit standard
  3. Provide  tutors, workbooks, resource materials , assessors and assessments for each individual student in their chosen unit standard
  4. Provide reports with each individual students achievements to the school so credits can be registered with NZQ

What to do next

If you would like to work on equine unit standards and have these credited to your NCEA  talk to your Gateway/Star advisor as to whether you would be a suitable candidate.  Then you or your advisor can contact  an education team member from Harness Racing New Zealand in an area near you to progress your learning further.