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.

Identical information is available for the region's territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.

Table 1: School leavers with at least one Vocational Pathway Award, at any level (2017-2019)
Group No VP Award VP Award Percentage with VP Award
2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Female 40,897 42,716 50,055 21,758 18,581 11,651 34.7 30.3 18.9
Male 293 312 518 402 366 141 57.8 54.0 21.4
Māori 46 41 80 68 47 22 59.6 53.4 21.6
Pacific 42 53 63 38 29 15 47.5 35.4 19.2
Asian 266 261 327 162 164 78 37.9 38.6 19.3
MELAA 32 38 x 26 25 x 44.8 39.7 x
Other 5 3 x 6 3 x 54.5 50.0 x
European/Pākehā 438 467 662 454 430 203 50.9 47.9 23.5
Territorial Total 764 801 1,072 683 637 299 47.2 44.3 21.8
New Zealand Total 40,897 42,716 50,055 21,758 18,581 11,651 34.7 30.3 18.9

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 (2019)
Group Construction and Infrastructure Manufacturing and Technology Primary Industries Service Industries Social and Community Services Creative Industries Total Leavers
Female 10 70 1 0 47 18 659
Male 2 72 31 0 62 0 712
Māori 0 10 1 0 10 1 102
Pacific 0 6 1 0 8 1 78
Asian 7 35 12 0 26 3 405
MELAA x x x x x x x
Other x x x x x x x
European/Pākehā 4 101 19 0 74 14 865
Territorial Total 12 142 32 0 109 18 1,371

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.