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 674 715 769 519 602 489 43.5 45.7 38.9
Male 770 819 924 437 469 424 36.2 36.4 31.5
Māori 180 228 263 87 109 107 32.6 32.3 28.9
Pacific 174 183 220 78 91 81 31.0 33.2 26.9
Asian 220 258 249 150 161 157 40.5 38.4 38.7
MELAA 64 76 78 17 27 14 21.0 26.2 15.2
Other 14 19 20 4 1 9 22.2 5.0 31.0
European/Pākehā 940 960 1,094 709 795 652 43.0 45.3 37.3
Territorial Total 1,444 1,534 1,693 956 1,071 913 39.8 41.1 35.0
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 3 15 0 107 9 391 1,258
Male 22 54 2 61 3 338 1,348
Māori 4 4 1 35 2 74 370
Pacific 3 1 0 26 0 55 301
Asian 3 16 0 30 2 126 406
MELAA 0 1 0 3 0 11 92
Other 0 1 0 1 0 8 29
European/Pākehā 17 51 1 101 10 532 1,746
Territorial Total 25 69 2 168 12 729 2,606

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.