Vocational Pathways help Kāhui Ako provide learners, families and whānau with clear links to future employment, study or training opportunities. Vocational Pathways arrange all jobs in the economy into 6 sectors and recommend appropriate study and training options for learners across all levels of the education system. Vocational Pathways involves the use of two complementary tools: the curriculum design and self review cycle, and the Programme design self review template. Find both on the Youth Guarantee website.
The curriculum design and self review cycle provides a framework for school review, both for individual schools and across Kāhui Ako.
The programme design self review template provides a framework for self-reviewing individual programmes within departments/faculties, at the school and across Kāhui Ako.
Kāhui Ako can use the 2 tools to:
- evaluate the employment and tertiary/training opportunities available in their community, and the needs of all learners
- review together the curriculum jointly offered to the learners in their community
- evaluate with their community how they support the pathways and destinations of all learners and meet their learning needs
- evaluate the engagement, achievement and retention of all learners along the curriculum pathways available.
How this tool could be used
- A first step could be using this tool within each school to review and evaluate your curriculum.
- Your next step could involve all partners in the Kāhui Ako sharing their reviews to see how learning pathways and achievement challenges align with regional vocational opportunities.
- A third step could involve Kāhui Ako discussing with regional employers and tertiary/training providers how the pathways could better align with regional vocational opportunities.
- Other tools presented in the Pathways domain can help with developing pathways that meet the needs of all learners, throughout their education journey.
- The new ‘Secondary Tertiary Transitions Pathways’ leaver destination data tool in the Evidence domain can help your Kāhui Ako understand how well your pathways are working for your learners.
- The Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako Local Curriculum Smart Tool in the Teaching domain can help your Kāhui Ako track progress towards implementing a new pathways-based approach to curriculum design.
- Tools in the Partnering domain can help you involve parents, employers, and the wider community in curriculum design.
Action planning ideas
Schools are currently using Vocational Pathways in a number of ways, and there is an opportunity for Kāhui Ako to develop practice in this area. For example, Kāhui Ako could:
- evaluate your curriculum using the Vocational Pathways profile builder (a tool that enables you to see how your programme aligns).
- collaborate with tertiary providers and industry training organisations in each region, offering greater choice of programmes to learners aligned with industry qualifications and NCEA.
- link with primary schools to identify their shared interests, strengths and needs.
- consider how curriculum design can incorporate Vocational Pathways.
Where to find out more
Contact your local Ministry of Education Office, or
Link with the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Development Map
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