Gateway Placement

By Aidan Mowat-Gainsford, Year 12 | Posted: Thursday August 13, 2015

My name is Aidan Mowat-Gainsford. I want to be a Diesel Mechanic which is why I chose the Gateway programme this year.

I enjoy Gateway because it gives me the real life experience of being in a working environment and also gives me a head start into an apprenticeship next year.

My weekly work placement is at Fonterra in the Truck Workshop.  When I arrive, I'm told who I'll be working with for the day and complete any tasks they have for me or they talk me through what they are doing then let me have a go myself and tell me what I'm doing right and wrong. At work, we keep the trucks in good working order and follow strict maintenance procedures to ensure the trucks are safe on the road and running 100% effectively.

I highly recommend the Gateway Programme for anyone who is interested in a career but may be a little unsure. Gateway has made me 100% certain about being a Diesel Mechanic.