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 1,307 1,437 1,962 1,079 912 502 45.2 38.8 20.4
Māori 501 571 705 201 154 97 28.6 21.2 12.1
Pacific 205 221 293 68 58 37 24.9 20.8 11.2
Asian 349 330 497 185 180 85 34.6 35.3 14.6
MELAA 70 84 87 26 26 18 27.1 23.6 17.1
Other 15 16 17 5 2 2 25.0 11.1 10.5
European/Pākehā 2,160 2,406 2,945 1,554 1,400 809 41.8 36.8 21.6
Territorial Total 3,023 3,283 4,091 1,909 1,697 972 38.7 34.1 19.2
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 12 252 10 5 209 43 2,464
Male 74 175 110 32 118 4 2,599
Māori 6 36 8 4 44 3 802
Pacific 3 16 1 0 16 2 330
Asian 12 42 9 0 30 1 582
MELAA 3 8 2 0 6 1 105
Other 0 1 0 0 0 1 19
European/Pākehā 69 357 107 34 258 42 3,754
Territorial Total 86 427 120 37 327 47 5,063

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.