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Warehouse Stationery Blue Shirts in Schools Gateway Training

The Warehouse Stationery Blue Shirts in Schools Gateway training is designed to give students a great opportunity to get hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in the exciting retail industry, and make helpful professional contacts for when they leave school. The programme is a partnership between ServiceIQ and The Warehouse Stationery. 

There are many different roles in the retail and retail supply chain industry, from customer service, stock management, in-store merchandising, to supervisors, store managers and regional managers. Many employers also offer staff the opportunity to train on job, gain qualifications and advance their career by moving up into supervisor and management roles.

On leaving school, many students who have participated in The Warehouse Stationery Blue Shirt in Schools Gateway training have gone on to develop their skills and build careers with New Zealand’s popular retailer.

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How it works

The Warehouse Stationery Blue Shirts in Schools Gateway Programme involves 10 day’s work experience over 10 weeks and is available through participating retailer around the country.

The training is made up of a set menu of credits which students can put towards a nationally recognised New Zealand Certificate in Retail. They also gain a Customer Service Award Certificate.

Each student will receive customised learning resources, and will be supported by a coordinator who works with store management to ensure they get a good understanding of the rewards and challenges of a retail career. Coordinators set clear development plans, provide inductions for students, assess students’ work and keep in touch with schools in their region.


Benefits for students

Students who successfully complete the training will have gained:

  • get an introduction to an exciting career in retail

  • gain credits towards a nationally recognised qualification

  • get real experience in a real workplace

  • enjoy the camaraderie from working as part of a team

  • learn great industry skills and knowledge essential for a retail career

  • learn in a fully supportive environment.




Training details

The programme involves 10 days’ work experience over 10 weeks and is available through participating retailers. It costs $455 +GST ($500 +GST from 01 January 2019) per student and results in a Customer Service Award certificate. The certificate is made up of a set menu of credits which may be used towards a New Zealand Certificate in Retail

As part of The Warehouse Blue Shirts in Schools package each student will receive: 

  • a 10 week work placement with Warehouse Stationery
  • customised learning resources
  • assessment and support through a dedicated coordinator. 
Region Contact Mobile
Northland / Kaitaia / Whangarei Sue Coleman 021 195 2817
North Shore / Whangaparaoa/ Silverdale Lisa Compton 021 665 368
Central / West Auckland Heamoni Taani-Fahiua 021 195 0280
East / South Auckland Heamoni Taani-Fahiua 021 195 0280
Waikato / Taupo / Whitianga Tania McCarthy 021 195 7156
Hamilton Janice Clough 027 748 8482
Bay of Plenty Carolyn Vincent 027 752 0155
Gisborne TBC  
Hawke's Bay TBC  
Taranaki John Hudson 027 488 2467
Whanganui / Feilding / Palmerston North Tracey Jarman 022 064 5045
Masterton Shelley Pender 027 458 8678
Kapiti Coast Elly Williams 022 368 7166
Wellington Ruth Asiata 027 221 8546
Nelson / Marlborough Tara Stewart 027 292 7972
Blenheim Hannah Neville 021 195 7594
Greymouth (West Coast) June Griggs 027 376 7878
Christchurch Hannah Neville 021 195 7594
Canterbury Hannah Neville 021 195 7594
Otago / Southland Tui-Susan Hill 027 517 4080



How to apply

To sign up to this great programme, please click on the link below and fill in your details. Your Workforce Engagement Team will be in contact with you shortly.

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