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 355 339 338 249 292 231 41.2 46.3 40.6
Male 361 392 398 120 109 113 24.9 21.8 22.1
Māori 106 120 110 80 69 82 43.0 36.5 42.7
Pacific 192 179 186 93 120 109 32.6 40.1 36.9
Asian 148 154 180 37 52 40 20.0 25.2 18.2
MELAA 18 15 10 11 7 2 37.9 31.8 16.7
Other 9 5 6 1 2 3 10.0 28.6 33.3
European/Pākehā 320 337 349 185 194 153 36.6 36.5 30.5
Territorial Total 716 731 736 369 401 344 34.0 35.4 31.9
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 0 1 0 75 24 155 569
Male 11 3 0 18 0 95 511
Māori 1 2 0 35 5 58 192
Pacific 4 1 0 44 18 58 295
Asian 0 0 0 7 1 34 220
MELAA 0 0 0 1 0 2 12
Other 0 0 0 2 0 1 9
European/Pākehā 8 1 0 24 5 127 502
Territorial Total 11 4 0 93 24 250 1,080

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.