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Vocational Pathways

2012 heralds the beginning of an exciting new development in the way achievement at the senior secondary school level is recorded.

Vocational pathways relates to policy work initially proposed by Industry Training Organisations as a way of using the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) to define a set of vocational pathways that describe the skills, attributes, knowledge and literacies that will enable students to succeed.

The proposal, first mooted at the 2010 annual conference in this presentation, was for groups of ITOs to lead a collaborative effort with industries, tertiary providers, schools, and government. 

The pathways would relate curriculum and non-curriculum-based learning to the needs of industry sectors. They would provide important industry-driven signals to schools (and other tertiary providers) of the learning and assessment that matters, and that is likely to result in the skills, knowledge and attributes that lead to successful transitions.

In April 2010, Education Minister Anne Tolley announced in a speech to secondary school principals that the Government would be adopting vocational pathways.  Read the ITF’s response here.  Further information has since been released by the Ministry of Education as part of its Youth Guarantee work.

Josh Williams from the Ministry of Education gave this update to the ITF Conference in July 2011 and following that the New Zealand Herald has published this excellent article on the pathways work.

ITOs worked with the Ministry of Education to help define the pathways and the results of this work were announced by Government in June 2012 and a new Youth Guarantee website launched.

The ITF and Business New Zealand were among the groups that welcomed this development.