Career Pathway Planning:
Every student at Hauraki Plains College is given extensive career decision making support through the Career Pathway programme. The aim of the Career Pathway programme is which is to encourage and assist students to look beyond school and establish a clear focus and direction for their future lives. The programme uses an integrated approach combining mentoring of student academic progress and career planning. Career advice and planning begins at Year 9 and as students move through their senior years, individual career pathway planning is provided for every student.
The Career Pathway programme helps students make informed learning and career decisions, while at the same time develops their planning and decision making skills. The establishment of a clear future direction or pathway by students also makes their time at school more purposeful and worthwhile.
DreamCatcher is a vital part of the Career Pathway programme. It is a live, interactive digital careers programme that can be accessed anywhere, anytime via an internet connection. DreamCatcher encompasses goal setting, key competencies and career exploration around skills, likes and abilities and is linked to the Government Careers website. The programme has text and email capability to send students relevant information around career liaison visits and upcoming courses and opportunities. There is also a very comprehensive database of scholarships, tertiary information and employment opportunities.
Over a period of five years, when all relevant information has been entered by students around participating and contributing and academic achievement, a CV and cover letter can be generated. Parents who have questions regarding careers for their child are encouraged to contact the Careers Coordinator.
Gateway (Work Based Learning):
Each year, over 70 students take up the opportunity to explore possible career directions in our Gateway programme. The Gateway programme has been established to provide students with supervised work based learning opportunities appropriate to their interests and strengths. Students are able to experience different work environments and ‘real world’ learning in an extensive range of industries.
Correspondence and STAR courses:
A range of courses are offered through the Correspondence school as well as a range of full year and short courses such as first aid, learner driver license and hair dressing.