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 360 331 313 334 395 368 48.1 54.4 54.0
Male 445 485 478 263 298 292 37.1 38.1 37.9
Māori 101 117 117 58 69 73 36.5 37.1 38.4
Pacific 34 43 49 16 13 21 32.0 23.2 30.0
Asian 43 46 43 15 34 28 25.9 42.5 39.4
MELAA 9 13 9 3 5 14 25.0 27.8 60.9
Other 9 6 3 3 5 5 25.0 45.5 62.5
European/Pākehā 663 670 641 534 618 578 44.6 48.0 47.4
Territorial Total 805 816 791 597 693 660 42.6 45.9 45.5
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 11 3 2 167 7 235 681
Male 42 38 18 74 0 185 770
Māori 6 2 3 31 1 40 190
Pacific 1 1 0 9 0 13 70
Asian 1 4 0 12 0 19 71
MELAA 1 0 0 6 0 9 23
Other 0 0 0 0 0 5 8
European/Pākehā 47 36 17 203 7 375 1,219
Territorial Total 53 41 20 241 7 420 1,451

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.