Skip Navigation LinksHome > Initiatives > Work Placement

Requests for Gateway / Work placement positions are considered on a “first come, first serve” basis, and we can only accommodate 1 student / placement at any one time.
Requests should be followed up with a meeting with the applicant who should be prepared for a simple interview process and bring a CV with them. This has been regarded as a useful process for students to go through, and should be seen as a “Job interview” where the student must impress the interviewer and convince them that they are the right “candidate” for the placement.
Upon successful appointment to the placement, the dates for the placement are confirmed (either with the student in individual cases, or the school / coordinator in Gateway cases), and the student commences work.

Rules specific to Gateway / Placements

Dress Code: Smart but Casual and comfortable. Piercings, Jewellery and Hair dye is acceptable, but nothing too extreme. MPR reserves the right to refuse a placement if presentation is deemed unsuitable to our environment.
Time Keeping: Times for attendance will be agreed prior to commencement, and these times MUST be observed. Failure to maintain good timekeeping, or a lack of attendance may result in the cancellation of the placement.
Motivation: The student should recognise the importance of “self-motivation.” MPR can be a busy place, and students may have to actively seek tasks themselves from time to time.


Based on one day a week. Initial weeks focus on how a station operates (all facets) and the differences between Access Radio, and more mainstream broadcasters.
Week 1: Shadow the Station Manager. Introductions to staff members. Ascertain what the student is most enthusiastic about. Meet Programme Makers, accompany manager to any meetings or similar. Learn more about Access Radio.
Week 2: Shadow Programme Coordinator. Learn more about practical activities. Community Notices with Critique. Watch the editing of programmes and interactions with Programme Makers. First discussions with student regarding future show.
Week 3: Shadow Project Coordinator. Learn more about specific initiatives, projects and funding streams. When Project Coordinator not present, record Community Notices.
Week 4: (AM) Meet with Station Manager and Programme Coordinator to discuss show idea in more detail. Formulate idea, brainstorm, construct a brief and show template.
(PM) Programme Name, Theme, Promo recording.
During these first weeks, the activities may be moved around to suit staff timetables and workload. There will also be the opportunity to attend a Manawatu Access Radio Charitable Trust Meeting – another useful experience.
Week 5: Until the end of the placement, the student should use the day to produce a programme as per their work in Week 4. The programme should;

  • Be weekly.
  • Be 27 minutes in duration.
  • Contain 1 interview per week.
  • Contain 1 music track unfamiliar to the student with researched introduction.
  • Be researched and prepared for at home / away from the station, allowing best use of facilities in restricted time periods.

It is hoped that this progression template helps the student structure their placement and gives a good grounding in how a station operates, with sufficient practical experience to make the time exciting with ample opportunity for skill building.
Students can normally expect a reference from the station manager, and copies of their work if their conduct has been good.