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Vocational Pathways

What are the Vocational Pathways?

rosette fullThe Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment. Achieving NCEA Level 2 is the foundation for success in further education and the world of work. Level 3 builds upon this through shared opportunities across school, tertiary, and industry training. The Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.

The six Vocational Pathways are:

NCEA Levels 1and 2 Vocational Pathways were launched in 2013. This was a result of government agencies, the industry training sector, secondary and tertiary representatives and industry and employer representatives working together. In 2015 NCEA Level 3 Vocational Pathways were also released.

How do the Vocational Pathways work at Onslow College?

NCEA level 1 & 2 standards currently fit within this framework, with level 3 standards soon to be added.Many level 1 & 2 standards offered at Onslow align with one or more of these pathways.The idea is that students will be able to see which pathway/s their qualifications point towards, which may help them with future subject/career choices.Students who gain enough credits in a particular pathway are able to gain an award in that pathway, which sits alongside their NCEA qualification.This is a work in progress at Onslow, but we are excited to be moving in this direction.

Below are a list of standards offered at Onslow College, showing how they map to the Vocational Pathways, these are also included with 2017’s curriculum information.

Vocational Pathways NCEA Level 1

Vocational Pathways NCEA Level 2

A profile builder will also soon be available via the Portal, which will allow students to easily see which pathways may be most relevant to them.

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