This page is a repository for all resources and links for the Youth Guarantee initiatives.

Youth guarantee updates and brochures

Assessment Standards spreadsheets

FINAL-2019-Master-Levels-1-and-2-VP-standards-v2.0.xlsx This shows Level 1 and 2 achievement and unit standards available within each Vocational Pathway from 2019.

FINAL-September-2018-Level-3-Vocational-Pathways-Achievement-standards.xlsx This shows the Level 3 achievement standards mapped to the Vocational Pathway from 2019.

Vocational Pathways materials

Vocational-Pathways-to-jobs-match-updated-21-Jun-2018.xlsx - this spreadsheet matches jobs listed on to the six Vocational Pathways.

Vocational-Pathways-Resources-Poster.pdf  – This poster shows the resources available to support the Vocational Pathways on one A3 sheet.

Vocational-Pathways-Bi-fold-Brochure.PDF  - This introductory brochure outlines what Vocational Pathways are about and provides a brief summary of each pathway.

For students, parents, whānau, aiga – This is an introduction to the Vocational Pathways (July 2014, PDF, 138 KB) 

View student stories here

Vocational Pathways – Information for Employers Brochure (March 2014, PDF)

Partnerships for Learning (A3) (PDF, 547 Kb) – This is an infographic, designed to stimulate discussion about where learners are placed in the education system and the way different providers can work together to expand the range of education and training choices. 

Vocational Pathways industry summaries:

Vocational Pathways PDF information:

The Vocational Pathways 2016 trends flyers draw together information about each sector, Vocational Pathways and key economic data:

A2 posters for each of the pathways:

If you would like to order copies of the posters or the A5 bi-fold brochures, you can order directly (for free) from Down the Back of the Chair.

Enter your school log-in and search for Vocational Pathways.

If you don’t have a school log-in handy you can ring or email Down the Back of the chair – Email:  or phone: 0800 660 662.

Case Studies booklets by Vocational Pathway

These case studies give examples of students and their pathways to further study and/or work:

Curriculum design, programme development and assessment

Programme design self review template (PDF, 780Kb) – This tool supports educators to review current programmes and formulate next steps.

Self-Review-Cycle.docx – The self-review cycle can help to identify the information that can be drawn from to review and design curriculum with a Vocational Pathways lens.

3+2 Documents:

Contextualised learning examples - from the Aug/Sept 2013 workshops (August 2013, PDF, 454Kb)

Hokonui Tertiary High School (Gore) and Vocational Pathways (July 2013)

Internal Assessment Resources:

  • There are 325 Levels 1and 2 re-contextualised Vocational Pathways Internal Assessment Resources. These resources provide assessment activities for a range of achievement standards aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and provide real-world activities that could support learning programmes. Access these online at NCEA on TKI, either via the Pathways section or via the learning areas.
  • They are grouped by Vocational Pathways or by subject
  • Assessment support material for the NZQA Vocational Pathways-linked assessment standards can be found here.

For more information about planning programmes in specific Vocational Pathways, check out the guidance material  

Embedded literacy and numeracy resources are available here. These activities and resources are designed to help tertiary educators grow in their understanding and awareness of how to embed literacy and numeracy in tertiary contexts.

Four Learning programmes at Level 2 have been developed in partnership between ITOs, teachers and the Youth Guarantee team.

These programmes help show how:

  • Learning and assessment from industry contexts and school curriculum can be integrated into a programme to contribute to NCEA
  • A blended approach to learning programme design supports school and tertiary delivery approaches
  • A  deliberate focus on developing learner key competencies or capabilities can be supported
  • A deliberate inclusion of work experience enhances learner engagement and progression

Links and References

The following organisations have information which can help to support you.



Need help with NCEA Science, Maths or English? Studyit is a virtual study room that has advice on achievement standards and is full of encouragement and tips to help you with exams and assessments.


Careers New Zealand

Can help you make informed decisions about   work and learning in New Zealand.


New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

NZQA's role in the education sector is to   ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust,   nationally and internationally.

NCEA on TKI2      


TKI contains extensive resources to support   internally assessed levels 1 -3 achievement standards.

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Youth Guarantee Providers

View the Youth Guarantee providers throughout New Zealand.

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Ministry of Education


The Industry Training Federation

The Industry Training Federation (ITF)   represents Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) to government and works   with agencies and sector groups to improve industry skill development and   workplace learning.

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Business New Zealand

Business NZ is the voice of business and is New Zealand's largest advocacy group for enterprise.

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Opportunity Canterbury


Tertiary Education Commission


Best Evidence Synthesis for School Leadership and Student Outcomes

Best Evidence Synthesis for Teacher Professional Learning and Development

Better Public Service Target Targets L2 and L4

Career Management Competencies

Ka Hikitia: Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ministry of Education Statements of Intent

NZQA: Standards

NZ Qualifications Framework

Pasifika Education Plan 2013–2017

Learning programme designs within each of the Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides

Success for All Strategy

Tertiary Education Strategy 2014–2019

Universal Design for Learning – Education that fits: Review of international trends in the education of students with special educational needs

The New Zealand curriculum online


Find out more about Industry training organisations (ITOs):

  • Service IQ (including aviation, aeronautical engineering, airport operations, and rental vehicle services)
  • Building and Construction ITO (including carpentry, concrete, plastering, interior systems, bricklaying, and masonry)
  • Building Service Contractors ITO (including cleaning, rubbish removal)
  • Competenz (including both PrintNZ Training and the Journalist's Training Organisation and sign making, rail, and maritime)
  • Electricity Supply ITO (including power production, transmission, and maintenance)
  • Skills (including telecommunications)
  • FloorNZ (flooring installation including carpet, vinyl, timber, resin, substrate preparation, and retail flooring)
  • Connexis (including roading construction)
  • Joinery ITO (including kitchen and aluminum joinery, glazing)
  • MITO (including automotive engineering, panel beating, painting, transport, and logistics)
  • Primary ITO (including hydrology and viticulture)

Brand Guidelines

Handy Online tools

There are a range of tools that students can use to help design their future career opportunities and educators can use to help design their programmes:

The FindMyPath tool helps you make informed choices about your study and employment pathways. It shows what you can do if you are interested in further study or careers in particular pathways.

Note: use Google Chrome for best results.

Profile Builder is a tool that helps students to explore their study options. Students can see where they are heading and think about where they would like to go by inputting the achievement standards they are currently or considering studying. 

The tool can also be used to support educators when planning Vocational Pathways programmes and working with students to explore their study options. 

Occupation Outlook 2017 is useful when planning study and career options. It gives a clearer picture of possible career paths by providing education, employment, and income information on 60 key occupations in New Zealand. These 60 were chosen for their size, popularity, and potential for future growth.

CareerQuest is a tool that recommends jobs based on students’ actual interests. Students rate their interests in a range of areas on a continuum from no interest to high interest. The tool then recommends particular jobs based on this data.

Skill Matcher helps students to generate job possibilities based on the skills they enjoy or are interested in learning, shows how their skills could apply to many occupations within New Zealand, and provides them with tips on what steps to take next.

The Skills Org Vocational Pathways Tool helps you to choose your career path.

MyBlueprint NCEA credit records, diary and career planner in one easy-to-use app.