Vocational Pathways / Careers




Ōpōtiki College has implemented a pathways approach to help tauira with subjects at the senior level.  Students are able to achieve a Ministry of Education Vocational Pathways Award in addition to Level 2.

Course standards are colour coded to help students see which vocational pathways they can achieve credits in.

What are the Vocational Pathways?


The Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve NCEA Level 2 – the foundation for success in further education and the world of work. The pathways help students see how their learning and achievement is valued in the ‘real world’ by aligning the NCEA Level 2 Assessment Standards including specific ‘sector-related’ standards with six industries: 

  • Primary Industries
  • Services Industries
  • Social & Community Services
  • Manufacturing & Technology
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Creative Industries 

These six pathways represent ways to structure and achieve NCEA Level 2 by providing a more coherent framework for foundational vocational education; students can develop their own individual education plans, are better informed and able to make better choices to meet their goals.

Discovery Centre


Students need to be able to explore and discover the many pathways and possibilities that await them when they leave school. Our Discovery centre provides ready access to supportive and knowledgeable staff and information on courses and programmes that they can pursue. Many universities and Polytechnics visit throughout the year to give seminars and presentations to assist students to make their selection and our staff organise trips and experiences for senior students transitioning into further education and training.



Useful Links



Vocational Pathways: Click here

Eastern Bay of Plenty Career profiles(young people) Click here


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