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 150 172 194 139 133 112 48.1 43.6 36.6
Male 238 272 271 93 103 63 28.1 27.5 18.9
Māori 77 130 122 37 48 29 32.5 27.0 19.2
Pacific 78 68 76 23 24 16 22.8 26.1 17.4
Asian 24 32 38 21 18 13 46.7 36.0 25.5
MELAA x x 4 x x 4 x x 50.0
Other x x 4 x x 1 x x 20.0
European/Pākehā 229 261 286 167 170 125 42.2 39.4 30.4
Territorial Total 388 444 465 232 236 175 37.4 34.7 27.3
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 4 3 5 37 7 74 306
Male 9 9 5 8 0 41 334
Māori 1 0 1 11 0 21 151
Pacific 2 0 0 4 0 11 92
Asian 0 2 2 0 1 8 51
MELAA 0 0 0 0 0 4 8
Other 0 0 0 1 0 1 5
European/Pākehā 11 10 8 31 6 80 411
Territorial Total 13 12 10 45 7 115 640

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.