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 214 190 246 92 107 70 30.1 36.0 22.2
Male 257 300 282 82 86 71 24.2 22.3 20.1
Māori 105 137 131 33 34 24 23.9 19.9 15.5
Pacific 258 277 303 96 89 69 27.1 24.3 18.5
Asian 69 69 70 31 51 33 31.0 42.5 32.0
MELAA 11 9 8 3 1 3 21.4 10.0 27.3
Other 8 10 17 3 11 5 27.3 52.4 22.7
European/Pākehā 73 78 98 32 35 33 30.5 31.0 25.2
Territorial Total 471 490 528 174 193 141 27.0 28.3 21.1
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 31 2 43 316
Male 17 2 0 22 1 36 353
Māori 1 0 0 13 0 12 155
Pacific 13 1 0 29 3 28 372
Asian 4 1 0 11 0 24 103
MELAA 0 0 0 1 0 2 11
Other 0 0 0 2 0 3 22
European/Pākehā 0 0 0 8 0 26 131
Territorial Total 17 2 0 53 3 79 669

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.