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 390 431 442 254 274 228 39.4 38.9 34.0
Male 470 512 456 239 204 214 33.7 28.5 31.9
Māori 180 211 247 86 83 63 32.3 28.2 20.3
Pacific 264 269 255 114 105 102 30.2 28.1 28.6
Asian 148 169 143 76 81 81 33.9 32.4 36.2
MELAA x 39 40 x 23 13 x 37.1 24.5
Other x 4 4 x 2 2 x 33.3 33.3
European/Pākehā 384 421 383 274 246 248 41.6 36.9 39.3
Territorial Total 860 943 898 493 478 442 36.4 33.6 33.0
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 9 11 0 79 8 147 670
Male 38 75 0 47 3 106 670
Māori 12 12 0 19 3 30 310
Pacific 4 18 0 43 3 47 357
Asian 9 19 0 19 2 51 224
MELAA 1 3 0 3 0 6 53
Other 0 0 0 1 0 1 6
European/Pākehā 27 43 0 63 5 153 631
Territorial Total 47 86 0 126 11 253 1,340

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.