18-year-olds with a Level 2 qualification or above

This index page provides data on the number of 18-year-olds with a Level 2 Qualification or above from 2011 to 2016.

To boost skills and employment the Government has set a Better Public Service target that 85% of 18-year-olds will have achieved Level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017. 

Cohort numbers are identified through the Ministry's ENROL database, and based on New Zealand Domestic Students who turned 18 within a calendar year.  Attainment details are sourced from the Ministry of Education School Leaver dataset, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and Tertiary Single Data Returns (SDRs).

Build Your Own Table: Interactive Pivot Table for BPS 18-year-olds

This spreadsheet allows you to create your tables by any combination of variables.  It has the option of displaying number of 18-Year olds by Student Gender, Ethnicity, Leaving Age, the pathway through which they first attained a Level 2 Qualification or above, and by school type variables (such as decile or affiliation) and regional type variables.

Please note: use of this spreadsheet requires MS Excel version 2007 or later. 

18-Year-Old Interactive Pivot Table Download:File Type & Size

Time Series Data (2009-2016)

This spreadsheet provides numbers and percentages of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 or above across time in a simple, easy to use format.

Time Series Data Download:File Type & Size

School Data Dimension Notes

The dimensions are:

Year
The calendar year in which students turned 18 - for example, the '2011' cohort are all students identified in ENROL who turned 18 in 2011, or born in 1993. Information is not available for cohort years prior to 2011.
Student Gender
The gender of the students as recorded in ENROL.
Student Ethnicity
The ethnic group the student belongs to, for example, Māori, Asian. The ethnic group data is presented at level 1 and total response. That is, leavers are counted for each level 1 ethnic group they have indicated they belong to. While a student may be represented in more than one ethnic group, they are only counted once in the ethnic group "Total".
Leaving Age
The age (in years) on the last day of attendance at a New Zealand school before student's entry in tertiary study or the workplace.
School Type
The type of the school the student was attending at 18-years-old, or the last school  student attended before entry in tertiary study or the workplace, for example Composite (Year 1-15).
School Authority
The ownership of the school the student was attending at 18-years-old, or the last school the student attended before entry in tertiary study or the workplace, for example State, State-Integrated and Private.
Decile
The decile assigned to the school the student was attending at 18-years-old, or the last school the student attended before entry in tertiary study or the workplace.  Decile 1 schools draw the greatest proportion of their students from low socioeconomic areas. Schools are assigned a socio-economic score based on five census derived socio-economic factors. The 10 percent of schools with the lowest scores are considered decile 1 schools; the next 10 percent of schools are considered decile 2 schools, etc.
Education Region
The Education Region of the school the student was attending at 18-years-old, or the last school student attended before entry tertiary study or the workplace. These four administrative regions are created by the Ministry of Education and are aligned with the Ministry's four regional offices. This may not correspond to where the qualifications were gained or the location of the student in year of cohort.
Regional Council
The Regional Council of the school the student was attending at 18-yers-old, or the last school student attended before entry in tertiary study or the workplace. Regional council boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand. This may not correspond to where the qualifications were gained or the location of the student in year of cohort.
Territorial Authority
The Territorial Authority of the school the student was attending at 18-years-old, or the last school student attended before entry in tertiary study or the workplace. Territorial authority boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand. Auckland super city has been subdivided into local board. For more information on Auckland city local boards visit the  Auckland Council website.

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