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Gateway Course

Gateway helps students to build skills for employment, working in real workplaces on real tasks. It provides opportunities to try out potential careers and build links to tertiary education environments, employment networks and modern apprenticeships. Students can achieve specific vocational skills and benefit from making significant progress towards industry recognised qualifications.

Our exciting Gateway programme will support the students with industry based learning and give them the relevant knowledge and skills needed in the salon work place.

Students attend three days delivery at the academy before commencing supervised work placement for the following ten weeks collecting evidence ready for completion of unit standards. This time is integrated with their current school programme of study.  On completion of their work placement they will attend the academy for their final assessment against Unit and/or Achievement Standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The programme will be delivered during holiday times to minimise the impact on the students study at school.


Relationship to other courses

Our Gateway Programme is designed to be an ideal progression to industry or full time study of these programmes:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing – Salon Support (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing – Emerging Stylist (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry (Level 4)


Intake Start Finish Assessment Day
Term 1* Tuesday 21st April Friday 24th April Friday 17th July
Term 2 Tuesday 14th July Thursday 16th July Friday 9th October     
Term 3 Tuesday 6th October Thursday 8th October Friday 11th December

*Term 1 – no instruction day on Thursday 23rd April


9.30am to 3.00pm



Servilles Academy, 8 Canada Street, Newton,
Auckland, 1010


For more information on STAR and Gateway programmes, contact the Gateway Co-ordinator or Careers Advisor at your school or get in touch with our Recruitment and Engagement Manager, Serena Bond ( ) or call 09 308 0688