Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways are an initiative under the Youth Guarantees programme to provide a clear framework for vocational options, career advice and improved links between education and employment. The aim is to open doors and encourage students to see the range of possiblity in tertiary studies.

The Vocational Pathways can help you plan your journey from leaning to earning. They represent a way to achieve NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) indicating a Vocational Pathway direction. They can show you how your strengths, interests and achievements relate to a wider range of future possibilities, and how your subject choices make a difference to what you might do in the future. You will be able to identify the range of roles, jobs and study options available to you and understand more clearly the subjects you will need to take to get there.

 You can see how your credits are valued by industry and even if you change your mind, the pathways are flexible enough to enable you to move across the range of pathways.

 The Vocational Pathways are made up of six colour coded sectors of industry:

  • Service Industries; (blue)
  • Social and Community Services; (purple)
  • Manufacturing and Technology; (red)
  • Creative Industries; (yellow)
  • Primary Industries;  (green)
  • Construction and Infrastructure; (orange)

The pathways reflect a partnership between government agencies, the industry training sector, secondary and tertiary education representatives, and industry and employer representatives. For more information on specific Vocational Pathways click pathways and view the sector related flyers.

You will see your Vocational Profile in your NCEA results, as a visual graph showing your achievement in NCEA against the Vocational Pathways. This information is also kept up-to-date on the parent portal as current year standards are published to NZQA. 

At the bottom of each Year 12 and Year 13 course, you will also see where course credits lie with regard to the Vocational Pathways.

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