Careers and Vocational Information

Careers and Vocational Information


    1. Helping your child with option choices

    2. Employable skills

    3. NCEA Qualifications

    4. Youth Guarantee and Vocational Pathways

    5. Useful links

Helping Your Child with Option Choices

    • When talking about subject choices with your child rule number one is that they have some interest in or like the subject!

    • Rule number two is to make sure they are taking the subjects they need for any future career plans. If in doubt keep your subjects broad - and don’t forget the importance of STEM careers (those that require Science, Technology and Maths). If they have a strength in these areas you would do well to encourage them to stick at it, thereby keeping future pathways broad.

    • Number three is to check the pre-requisites for the subject - what do they need to have done already to be successful in this subject?

If in doubt talk to the subject teachers, deans or career staff. We are all here to help.

Employable Skills

Many of the ‘transferable skills’ employers want are developed through the school’s general curriculum. You can help your son/daughter develop more skills by encouraging them to take part in after school activities or clubs and playing in sports teams. Also by having a part time job or regular responsibilities at home.

The school has many programmes which may suit your child and help develop skills and career management competencies such as Gateway, Work Experience, Pathways, Technology, Financial Literacy, Outdoor Pursuits and Trades Academy.

NCEA Qualifications

As well as checking out the NZ Careers website keep up to date with the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) by checking out the detailed information on the NZQA website.

The NCEA qualification allows a coordinated approach to education and training, giving learners choice and flexibility in what and how they learn. Students build up credits towards qualifications which are portable in New Zealand and overseas.

Click here **for more information about NCEA.

Youth Guarantee

Speaking of flexibility, the government and industry sectors have introduced another tool to assist young people gain their qualification; Vocational Pathways. The Pathways help students see how their learning and achievement are valued in the ‘real world’. Students may work towards gaining an industry recognised Vocational Pathway award in Level 2 which goes onto their NCEA Record of Achievement.

The pathways identify a range of Unit standards and Achievement standards that prepare students for on-going education OR employment in the field of their choice. There are 6 colour-coded Vocational Pathways as shown on the rosette below.

When selecting your options, take note of the Vocational Pathway rosette included with each subject to see how that subject can help you build your own profile.

The Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment. 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 1 and 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.

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Helpful websites

Once again, please do email us for any questions or to make a time to discuss your child's career and learning plans with the year level deans and/or careers team. - general queries - career and option choices