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 324 324 407 260 288 317 44.5 47.1 43.8
Male 415 438 466 198 240 200 32.3 35.4 30.0
Māori 53 79 91 36 39 30 40.4 33.1 24.8
Pacific 18 31 47 13 13 9 41.9 29.5 16.1
Asian 170 173 231 70 99 129 29.2 36.4 35.8
MELAA 40 38 48 37 34 27 48.1 47.2 36.0
Other 6 8 15 4 3 8 40.0 27.3 34.8
European/Pākehā 511 513 552 343 383 353 40.2 42.7 39.0
Territorial Total 739 762 873 458 528 517 38.3 40.9 37.2
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 1 3 0 52 81 232 724
Male 10 37 0 41 11 143 666
Māori 0 1 0 11 6 20 121
Pacific 0 1 0 2 2 5 56
Asian 2 9 0 19 22 95 360
MELAA 0 4 0 6 4 20 75
Other 1 0 0 1 1 5 23
European/Pākehā 8 28 0 64 63 255 905
Territorial Total 11 40 0 93 92 375 1,390

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.