By Susan Sandys
Ashburton College senior students weighing up whether to continue with their education or instead begin work can have the best of both worlds at the school this year.
The college is to begin a new $60,000 government-funded programme called Gateway, which will provide career training for 40 students.
Programme co-ordinator Candice Prebble said she was excited about the opportunities it would bring. Ms Prebble is employed 30 hours per week in the new Gateway co-ordinator role.
The programme will involve participating students choosing a career path and then being placed with a suitable employer. They will work at the designated workplace one day per week.
Involvement in their career of choice will be assessed and students will gain New Zealand Qualifications Authority or NCEA credits.