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Federation welcomes rise in NCEA Level 2 results

Industry Training Federation welcomes rise in NCEA Level 2 results

Last year’s rise in NCEA level 2 results is bigger news than the drop in University Entrance results, says the Industry Training Federation.

The NZQA has released provisional NCEA results for 2014, which show a one percent 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% of school leavers who do not go to university. In 2014, 86.8% achieved NCEA level 2, which is fantastic. NCEA level 2 is the ticket to progress in employment and further study,” says ITF Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw.

“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,” says Mark. “Keeping young people interested at this critical stage of learning makes all the difference.”

Early reports show students involved with vocational pathways are more enthusiastic and 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,” says Mark. “Once they’re in jobs, these young people can continue to progress their careers and qualifications through Industry Training.

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