One-on-one counselling is available for all students to help students explore their thoughts and aspirations and start thinking about their future.

We have a range of resources available to students as well as a careers counsellor on site, who can help consider any obstacles, discover alternative pathways and provide encouragement as they seek to make manageable and realistic plans.

Parents are always welcome, and are encouraged to be involved in this process.


The Gateway programme is a structured hands-on workplace learning opportunity for senior, work ready students. Students who participate in this programme are those who have an interest in a particular career pathway and just want to see what it is really like on a day-to-day basis. Students find work based learning helps them understand the skills required in their chosen career pathway and also may help lead onto an apprenticeship, employment or future training opportunities . Importantly, it helps students understand what is involved in the move from school to work. Alongside the work placement students are required to complete 20 credits (unit or achievement standards) relevant to the world of work. This programme is full funded.

Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau

This is a work experience programme for our students facilitated by local industries, Kawerau District Council and the school. Through this programme, robust networks are created with local industry. The process for this programme is as “real life”as possible for students in that they must apply for the jobs, undertake a drugs test and attend meetings with whānau and industry.


The purpose of the Step-Up Programme is to: Increase student retention in education and improve transitions from secondary to further education and training work.

Step-Up programmes are available for our students at Toi Ohomai Rotorua, Whakatāne, Tauranga, Opotiki and at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.