Vocational Pathways for Education Providers

Contextualised learning improves the relevance of learning for young people by connecting it to the worlds of work and interest. It also makes better sense when delivered in a coherent learning programme. 

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Guidance for schools, ITOs, and tertiary providers who wish to develop contextualised learning programmes using the six Vocational Pathways. Contexts for learning are provided as examples to encourage development in the sector.  

It outlines key ideas about Vocational Pathways and delivery approaches that align with a Vocational Pathway philosophy, drawing together secondary and tertiary perspectives on the competencies that are required for NCEA level 2, and exploring the connections within and across pathways. Programme design is a key feature. Assessment programmes are discussed, along with an example of an assessment programme. Questions are provided to apply the information to your programme and to share your thinking with colleagues. 


What are the Vocational Pathways?
Guidance for educators who wish to develop learning programmes using particular Vocational Pathways. 

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Learning programmes
Find out about the characteristics of learning programmes for Vocational Pathways, alignment with The New Zealand Curriculum principles, and benefits for learners of this type of programme. 

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Key competencies
Find out about the key competencies relevant to Vocational Pathways, how these align across the school and tertiary sector. This section also links to information about career management competencies.

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Designing learning programmes
This section outlines an approach to building the partnerships required, gives frameworks for designing learning programmes, and includes questions for educator self-review.

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Contextualising learning
Describes key characteristics of contexts for learning within Vocational Pathways, and gives examples for each of the six pathways.

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Vocational Pathways Award and Assessment Standards
Find out about assessment requirements and view example selections of assessment standards for each pathway.

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Job opportunities
Job opportunities for each pathway, showing the level of qualification required for each job, and giving a framework for further learning beyond the Vocational Pathways.


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