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 (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 50 48 71 31 23 21 38.3 32.4 22.8
Māori 59 53 71 10 13 10 14.5 19.7 12.3
Pacific 4 x 7 2 x 1 33.3 x 12.5
Asian x x 4 x x 1 x x 20.0
MELAA 0 x x 0 x x na x x
Other x 0 x x 0 x x na x
European/Pākehā 85 74 91 43 32 26 33.6 30.2 22.2
Territorial Total 130 120 139 52 40 32 28.6 25.0 18.7
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 1 5 2 4 11 4 92
Male 2 1 0 4 4 0 79
Māori 1 1 0 1 6 3 81
Pacific 0 0 0 1 0 0 8
Asian 0 0 0 0 1 0 5
MELAA x x x x x x x
Other x x x x x x x
European/Pākehā 2 5 2 7 12 3 117
Territorial Total 3 6 2 8 15 4 171

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.