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 106 126 103 104 116 105 49.5 47.9 50.5
Male 184 134 186 103 94 90 35.9 41.2 32.6
Māori 72 64 65 31 29 27 30.1 31.2 29.3
Pacific 52 47 55 11 24 15 17.5 33.8 21.4
Asian 42 51 54 37 40 33 46.8 44.0 37.9
MELAA x x 21 x x 10 x x 32.3
Other x x 4 x x 1 x x 20.0
European/Pākehā 160 142 155 141 146 144 46.8 50.7 48.2
Territorial Total 290 260 289 207 210 195 41.6 44.7 40.3
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 2 1 0 26 2 83 208
Male 4 9 0 21 0 71 276
Māori 1 0 0 8 0 20 92
Pacific 0 0 0 9 1 8 70
Asian 2 2 0 9 1 24 87
MELAA 0 1 0 2 0 8 31
Other 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
European/Pākehā 4 8 0 30 0 118 299
Territorial Total 6 10 0 47 2 154 484

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.