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 275 294 316 367 401 369 57.2 57.7 53.9
Male 535 471 493 243 282 275 31.2 37.5 35.8
Māori 65 46 40 41 68 48 38.7 59.6 54.5
Pacific 41 42 52 26 38 30 38.8 47.5 36.6
Asian 267 267 262 150 162 166 36.0 37.8 38.8
MELAA 44 32 38 25 26 25 36.2 44.8 39.7
Other 4 5 4 4 6 3 50.0 54.5 42.9
European/Pākehā 468 438 473 401 454 435 46.1 50.9 47.9
Territorial Total 810 765 809 610 683 644 43.0 47.2 44.3
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 5 1 0 88 34 275 685
Male 9 31 0 94 1 170 768
Māori 2 0 0 17 3 30 88
Pacific 0 0 0 9 1 21 82
Asian 6 14 0 37 9 123 428
MELAA 1 3 0 9 0 15 63
Other 0 0 0 1 0 2 7
European/Pākehā 5 17 0 137 26 291 908
Territorial Total 14 32 0 182 35 445 1,453

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.