ITF welcomes Vocational Pathways development
The release today of draft material to support the Vocational Pathways will help schools, tertiary providers, and industries put together programmes to support young people into employment.
Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw said the Vocational Pathways work had begun from policy developed by Industry Training Organisations in response to industry need for school leavers to be better prepared for work or further training.
“Industry was wanting secondary school students to have a better understanding of what they needed to do at school to prepare themselves for work in their industries.
“Vocational Pathways is a way of being able to talk about the kind of skills they need, in relation to what is taught in schools. It includes a heavy emphasis on the core learning and key skills in the New Zealand Curriculum, such as English, maths and science.
“Once the system is more embedded, it will give prospective employers more useful evidence of a school leaver’s interests and employability.
“ITOs have worked hard on behalf of their industries to define which standards in the New Zealand Qualifications are of use to them. The result is a significant change to the way we use the NCEA system,” Mr Oldershaw said.
Contact: Mark Oldershaw 021 978 903
The Industry Training Federation is a voluntary membership organisation representing all of New Zealand’s Industry Training Organisations.
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