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 360 344 402 224 251 188 38.4 42.2 31.9
Male 513 491 479 158 196 167 23.5 28.5 25.9
Māori 152 142 145 44 53 44 22.4 27.2 23.3
Pacific 277 282 296 122 114 89 30.6 28.8 23.1
Asian 193 191 200 65 89 57 25.2 31.8 22.2
MELAA 39 44 54 18 16 15 31.6 26.7 21.7
Other 3 5 7 3 0 5 50.0 0.0 41.7
European/Pākehā 299 262 283 174 220 190 36.8 45.6 40.2
Territorial Total 873 835 881 382 447 355 30.4 34.9 28.7
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 1 6 0 61 15 129 590
Male 24 38 0 29 1 98 646
Māori 3 1 0 17 1 25 189
Pacific 10 5 0 33 3 49 385
Asian 1 17 0 14 1 31 257
MELAA 0 3 0 5 0 7 69
Other 1 0 0 2 0 2 12
European/Pākehā 14 21 0 32 11 140 473
Territorial Total 25 44 0 90 16 227 1,236

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.