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 229 257 278 158 159 118 40.8 38.2 29.8
Male 343 336 353 159 153 89 31.7 31.3 20.1
Māori 43 47 42 23 26 12 34.8 35.6 22.2
Pacific 172 161 179 71 58 45 29.2 26.5 20.1
Asian 242 284 293 153 161 104 38.7 36.2 26.2
MELAA 31 38 40 11 15 4 26.2 28.3 9.1
Other 6 2 7 1 3 0 14.3 60.0 0.0
European/Pākehā 131 125 134 85 84 69 39.4 40.2 34.0
Territorial Total 572 593 631 317 312 207 35.7 34.5 24.7
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 3 0 38 3 79 396
Male 9 19 0 14 1 59 442
Māori 0 0 0 3 0 9 54
Pacific 1 2 0 22 2 22 224
Asian 8 20 0 17 1 71 397
MELAA 0 0 0 1 0 4 44
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
European/Pākehā 1 3 0 15 1 53 203
Territorial Total 10 22 0 52 4 138 838

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.