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 198 208 238 273 276 222 58.0 57.0 48.3
Male 317 310 312 205 199 194 39.3 39.1 38.3
Māori 48 57 56 31 28 32 39.2 32.9 36.4
Pacific 11 x 23 9 x 7 45.0 x 23.3
Asian 32 38 38 29 26 32 47.5 40.6 45.7
MELAA 16 26 22 14 11 14 46.7 29.7 38.9
Other 4 x 5 4 x 2 50.0 x 28.6
European/Pākehā 447 428 454 415 423 367 48.1 49.7 44.7
Territorial Total 515 518 550 478 475 416 48.1 47.8 43.1
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 4 6 1 43 11 182 460
Male 20 57 0 32 3 125 506
Māori 1 4 0 5 0 24 88
Pacific 0 1 0 1 0 6 30
Asian 1 5 0 4 0 26 70
MELAA 1 1 0 3 2 9 36
Other 0 0 0 1 0 1 7
European/Pākehā 21 58 1 67 12 270 821
Territorial Total 24 63 1 75 14 307 966

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.