Career planning
Mr Scott Maclean coordinates the careers programme which is delivered to all year levels in the College.

He also aims to see every Year 13 student and other potential leaver for a personal interview. Students and parents are welcome to contact Mr Maclean for an appointment or visit the careers office.

A great place to visit and get started planning your career is the CareersNZ website.

Career Planning Links


A huge list of job vacancy and recruitment agency websites in New Zealand and overseas.

Alternative Education
Achievement Certificate

Also known as AEAC. This is a local certificate based on life skills that students are expected to have before going to work.

Note for example if the goal is to get to university then you must achieve a minimum of an Achievement Standards based NCEA with NZC Level 6 literacy and numeracy in Year 11 (step I).  Ideally you will have some Merit and Excellence endorsements (steps J, K).

We also have a Services Academy on site and students have the opportunity to go to the Trades Academy at Weltec.

To help students achieve we offer:

  • Multi-level study at senior level (any combination of Level 1-3 that fits within the timetable)
  • Tutorials for examination students
  • A balanced mixture of Achievement and Unit Standard courses
  • Distance learning courses through universities, polytechnics and The Correspondence School
  • Off site learning opportunities through STAR courses and the Gateway pre-apprenticeship programme
  • A dedicated teaching staff always willing to do that bit extra.

STAR and Gateway programmes

Naenae College provides off-site learning opportunities through STAR courses and the Gateway pre-apprenticeship programme.

The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource - or STAR - programme gives Year 11–13 students the chance to attend tertiary courses. You can get a taste of a subject or job area that you're interested in, and learn new skills that can help you into study or work.

The Gateway programme provides pathways for students from school to further education and training or employment. Senior secondary students (Year 11 to Year 13+) in the Gateway programme undertake structured workplace learning across a range of industries and businesses , while still studying at school.

Contact our Careers Advisor Mr Scott Maclean 
or your Form Teacher to find out more.