Vocational Pathway Awards

This provides ways to achieve NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment. The Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education’s ENROL system, while vocational pathway award is obtained from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Identical information is available for the region's territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

Table 1: School leavers with at least one Vocational Pathway Award, at any level (2017-2019)
Group No VP Award VP Award Percentage with VP Award
2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Female 40,897 42,716 50,055 21,758 18,581 11,651 34.7 30.3 18.9
Male 1,988 2,175 2,908 1,530 1,302 746 43.5 37.4 20.4
Māori 733 842 1,006 283 215 142 27.9 20.3 12.4
Pacific 249 276 350 83 66 47 25.0 19.3 11.8
Asian 394 390 588 219 208 107 35.7 34.8 15.4
MELAA 90 102 114 36 31 24 28.6 23.3 17.4
Other 20 22 28 7 5 2 25.9 18.5 6.7
European/Pākehā 3,483 3,811 4,638 2,264 1,972 1,200 39.4 34.1 20.6
Region Total 4,566 4,934 6,073 2,703 2,325 1,414 37.2 32.0 18.9
New Zealand Total 40,897 42,716 50,055 21,758 18,581 11,651 34.7 30.3 18.9

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. 'na' = not applicable.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.
Table 2: School leavers with a Vocational Pathway Award, at any level (2019)
Group Construction and Infrastructure Manufacturing and Technology Primary Industries Service Industries Social and Community Services Creative Industries Total Leavers
Female 14 303 12 57 332 72 3,654
Male 104 198 138 105 173 5 3,833
Māori 12 40 10 16 65 7 1,148
Pacific 3 20 1 0 22 2 397
Asian 14 46 12 1 43 2 695
MELAA 3 10 3 0 9 2 138
Other 0 1 0 0 0 1 30
European/Pākehā 98 421 133 152 411 67 5,838
Region Total 118 501 150 162 505 77 7,487

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian students. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. 'na' = not applicable.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students and adult students (age 19+) are excluded.