Vocational Pathways for 2019 now released

Posted on 2018-09-17 by PW

The Levels 1 - 3 standards for the six Vocational Pathways for 2019 are now available for schools and tertiary education organisations to use. 

The Ministry has completed its annual update of the Vocational Pathways for 2018. It undertakes this each year with education and industry training representatives to ensure that the framework remains relevant for students, educators and employers and is aligned with the assessment standards and qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). 

To view the Levels 1 - 3 standards within the six Vocational Pathways for 2019, visit the Resources page and click on the 'Assessment Standards spreadsheets' button.

What has changed?

This year has been a minor update and very little has changed from last year. We have updated the mapping to reflect changes to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (e.g. expiring, expired standards). 

  • New unit and achievement standards at Levels 1-3 added to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework in 2017 have been mapped to the Vocational Pathways where appropriate, including the new Level 1 Digital Technology achievement standards.
  • The Level 2 restricted driver licence unit standard (29364 - 'drive a vehicle wirthin the conditions of a class 1 New Zealand restricted driver licence') has been mapped to all the Pathways, reflecting the feedback from the industry and employers about the importance of being able to drive.
  • The only standard removed from the Pathways is standard 29311 from the Primary Industries pathway ('Act in accordance with the basic rights and responsibilities needed for work'). This is a supported learning standard and has not been been primarily designed for students able to achieve and progress through NCEA and Vocational Pathways.* 

Where can I get help to use the Vocational Pathways?

More information about the updated Vocational Pathways is available here, including information about the Vocational Pathways for educators.

Over 350 Level 1 to 2 achievement standard assessment resources, aligned to the Vocational Pathways across all Learning Areas of the National Curriculum are available at http://ncea.tki.org.nz/Vocational-Pathways-Internal-Assessment-Resources.

Ministry of Education regional office Principal Advisers (Secondary Tertiary) can help you to use the Vocational Pathways in curriculum planning and design. To contact a Principal Adviser (Secondary Tertiary), click on your region on the map here.

If you have any questions about the Vocational Pathways or feedback, please email Vocational.Pathways@education.govt.nz. You can also contact the Ministry of Education at this email address if you want to make any recommendations about changes to the Vocational Pathways.

* NOTE: With any standards removed from the Vocational Pathways, the Ministry provides schools and tertiary education organisations with a transition year where these standards can count towards a Vocational Pathways Award so as to not be disruptive to programmes.