Vocational Education & Training

These tables present counts relating to Vocational Education Training (VET) programmes in the New Zealand tertiary education sector, under the definition of VET adopted for the Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE).

Provider-based VET is defined as follows:

  • tertiary education provision occurring at institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), wānanga, and private training establishments (PTEs).
  • enrolments in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS (more than one week's full-time duration).
  • enrolments by domestic student only. International student enrolments are not included in these tables..
  • non-degree provision in certificate and diploma qualifications at Levels 3 to 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
  • excludes enrolments in qualifications assigned the following New Zealand Classification of Education (NZSCED) study fields: 091502 (te Reo), 090314 (Tikanga) and 070115 (ESOL).
  • qualifications funded mainly under the Student Component (SAC),  Maori and Pasifika Trades Training and SAC Level 3 and 4 Competitive Process funding categories.

Workplace-based VET is defined as follows:

  • workplace-based training arranged by industry training organisations (ITOs), including traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • provision in certificate and diploma qualifications at Levels 1 to 7 on the NZQF.
  • excludes Limited Credit Programmes (LCPs).
  • excludes enrolments in qualifications assigned the following NZSCED study fields:  091502 (te Reo), 090314 (Tikanga) and 070115 (ESOL).


The notes for the tables should be read in conjunction with these criteria.

Participation in Vocational Education and Training Updated: Mar-2019

Statistics relating to learners enrolled in tertiary vocational education and training by a range of demographic and other characteristics.

Vocational Education and Training Enrolments - Field of Study Updated: Mar-2019

Statistics relating to learners enrolled in tertiary vocational education by field of study and other characteristics.

Equivalent full-time learners in Vocational Education and Training Updated: Mar-2019

Statistics relating to equivalent full-time learners in tertiary vocational education and training by a range of demographic and other characteristics.

Learners gaining qualifications in Vocational Education and Training Updated: Mar-2019

Statistics relating to learners gaining qualifications in vocational education and training by a range of demographic and other characteristics.

Qualifications in Vocational Education and Training programmes Updated: Mar-2019

Statistics relating to qualifications gained in vocational education and training by a range of demographic and other characteristics.