Last year’s rise in NCEA level 2 results is bigger news than the drop in University Entrance results, the Industry Training Federation says.
The NZQA has released provisional NCEA results for 2014, which show a one per cent rise in NCEA level 2, but a big drop in UE passes, due to higher (NCEA level 3) requirements to obtain UE.
“Our focus is the massive pool of talent amongst the 70 per cent of school leavers who do not go to university. In 2014, 86.8 per cent achieved NCEA level 2, which is fantastic. NCEA level 2 is the ticket to progress in employment and further study,” ITF chief executive Mark Oldershaw says.
“This increase coincides with the increased school engagement with trades academies and vocational pathways. Employers are invited to work with schools to provide relevant career opportunities for young people as part of their NCEA curriculum.
“Keeping young people interested at this critical stage of learning makes all the difference,” Mr Oldershaw says.
Early reports show students involved with vocational pathways are more enthusiastic and are achieving better results as they can see the value in what they’re learning.
“And increasing our skilled young workforce has obvious benefits for industry, our economy and our broader quality of life.
“There are a whole lot of options for young people in New Zealand. Employment is high and employers will welcome young people who are willing and ready to work, with experience in their sector.
“Once they’re in jobs, these young people can continue to progress their careers and qualifications through Industry Training,” he says.