Since autumn of 2019, iskills has been delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Chorus in delivering their Gateway Programme.

Gateway is a Tertiary Education Commission initiative which is designed to support students’ transition into the workforce by offering them workplace learning while at secondary school.

The Chorus Programme is a fantastic first step for students interested in a career in Telecommunications. Held one day per week over 8 weeks, students develop their skills and knowledge in a fun and informative environment and are awarded two NZQA unit standards upon successful completion.

Our first two intakes were held at the Chorus Lab in Grafton, Auckland with a total of 29 students from 13 different schools. One of our trainers, Cameron Childerhouse, is leading the delivery of the course, sharing his passion for the industry that he has been involved in for many years. Cameron is relishing his role in nurturing the students’ interest and encouraging them into a rewarding career path.

Along with significant theoretical insight, students have the opportunity to get hands on with fibre, learning safe and correct handling techniques while utilizing tools from the Chorus fibre tool bags that have been gifted to them. In the final two weeks of the programme, the students spend time both out in the field and in the office to get an insight into working life in the telecommunications industry.

iskills and Chorus had originally planned for only one other intake in Wellington for the remainder of 2019, however with the overwhelming success and interest in the programme, two additional intakes were added to the schedule – one in Tauranga and a second in Wellington. Spencer Foote, another of our highly experienced trainers, has joined in teaching the course.

We are very excited to watch these students learn and grow and will be following their future progressions should they choose to pursue a career in telecommunications.

Intake 1 – Auckland
Intake 2 – Auckland
Intake 3 – Wellington
Intake 4 – Wellington
Intake 5 – Tauranga

2019 Participating Schools

Aotea College
Aquinas College
Auckland Grammar
Birkenhead College
Forest View High School
Heretaunga College
Hutt International Boys School
James Cook High School
John Paul College
Kapiti College
Liston College
Manurewa High School
Mt Albert Grammar
Newlands College
Onehunga High School
Onslow College
Otahuhu College
Otaki College
Otumoetai College
Papamoa College
Papatoetoe High School
Paraparaumu College
Porirua College
Southern Cross School
St Patrick’s College
St Patrick’s College Silverstream
Taita College
Tauranga Boys College
Te Puke High School
Tokoroa High School
Tuakau College
Wainuiomata High School
Waiuku College
Wellington College
Western Springs School