Vocational Education & Pathways

Vocational training is training that emphasizes the skills and knowledge required for a particular job or trade.  This training can happen:

  • on the job (e.g: a building apprenticeship)
  • at Private Training Organisations  (e.g: pilots licence at Nelson Aviation School or Queenstown Resort College)
  • in Polytechnics (e.g: Adventure Tourism at NMIT or Tai Poutini)

Vocations have been grouped together into common sectors:

  • Manufacturing and technology
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Creative Industries
  • Primary Industries
  • Social and community services
  • Service industries

Vocational education is changing in NZ.  It is a journey that will take time. It will become a nationally recognised new way of learning that creates real value and real meaning for people – learning that’s more accessible and flexible.

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) aims to create a strong, unified vocational education and training system that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers, and communities need to thrive. You can learn more about these changes at: Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology