School Qualifications > 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.

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Table 1: School leavers with at least one Vocational Pathway Award, at any level (2016-2018)
Group No VP Award VP Award Percentage with VP Award
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Female 822 868 896 449 442 471 35.3 33.7 34.5
Male 929 1,012 1,126 441 438 359 32.2 30.2 24.2
Māori 525 612 657 179 207 198 25.4 25.3 23.2
Pacific 138 131 170 48 39 57 25.8 22.9 25.1
Asian 200 193 218 90 115 115 31.0 37.3 34.5
MELAA 58 75 70 16 21 23 21.6 21.9 24.7
Other 13 13 9 9 6 0 40.9 31.6 0.0
European/Pākehā 1,005 1,074 1,174 619 588 535 38.1 35.4 31.3
Territorial Total 1,751 1,880 2,022 890 880 830 33.7 31.9 29.1
New Zealand Total 40,498 41,161 43,946 20,020 21,781 18,939 33.1 34.6 30.1

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 (2018)
Group Construction and Infrastructure Manufacturing and Technology Primary Industries Service Industries Social and Community Services Creative Industries Total Leavers
Female 2 9 5 163 29 316 1,367
Male 30 89 25 94 10 204 1,485
Māori 8 13 13 83 11 108 855
Pacific 2 3 8 24 4 28 227
Asian 3 19 2 25 1 85 333
MELAA 0 4 1 5 0 17 93
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
European/Pākehā 23 65 18 158 28 334 1,709
Territorial Total 32 98 30 257 39 520 2,852

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.