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 426 399 433 134 154 131 23.9 27.8 23.2
Male 477 498 467 122 114 80 20.4 18.6 14.6
Māori 336 417 346 71 79 65 17.4 15.9 15.8
Pacific 420 388 431 114 104 107 21.3 21.1 19.9
Asian 96 79 104 55 59 34 36.4 42.8 24.6
MELAA 17 x x 5 x x 22.7 x x
Other 3 x x 3 x x 50.0 x x
European/Pākehā 137 125 115 40 40 36 22.6 24.2 23.8
Territorial Total 903 897 900 256 268 211 22.1 23.0 19.0
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 61 6 77 564
Male 4 2 0 19 3 58 547
Māori 1 0 0 25 4 45 411
Pacific 2 1 0 44 3 62 538
Asian 1 1 0 10 1 23 138
MELAA x x x x x x x
Other x x x x x x x
European/Pākehā 1 0 0 13 2 25 151
Territorial Total 4 2 0 80 9 135 1,111

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.