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 166 162 159 150 194 216 47.5 54.5 57.6
Male 252 248 290 147 158 150 36.8 38.9 34.1
Māori 46 38 47 29 29 29 38.7 43.3 38.2
Pacific 44 45 57 46 37 38 51.1 45.1 40.0
Asian 63 66 60 35 57 52 35.7 46.3 46.4
MELAA 10 15 19 9 5 12 47.4 25.0 38.7
Other 2 7 5 3 3 6 60.0 30.0 54.5
European/Pākehā 285 278 308 198 253 263 41.0 47.6 46.1
Territorial Total 418 410 449 297 352 366 41.5 46.2 44.9
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 0 0 38 8 182 375
Male 9 10 0 29 4 111 440
Māori 0 0 0 6 1 25 76
Pacific 1 1 0 17 1 21 95
Asian 0 3 0 10 1 41 112
MELAA 0 0 0 6 1 8 31
Other 0 0 0 1 0 5 11
European/Pākehā 8 7 0 33 8 222 571
Territorial Total 9 10 0 67 12 293 815

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.