Vocational Pathways Opportunities

We have a vital role to play in helping young people transition from secondary school into tertiary education. Our vocational pathway programmes help school leavers find the right pathways to achieve their goals.

Unitec Pathway College

Following feedback from various secondary schools and a recent review of our secondary school engagement strategy a Unitec Pathways College (UPC) has been established to coordinate and implement all Unitec’s learning and teaching engagement activity with our secondary schools.

It will act as the ‘single portal’ for effective coordination for schools partnering with Unitec in the integrated delivery of NCEA Level 2 and 3 Vocational Pathway courses and STAR programmes. It will also provide proactive student support for all the secondary school students participating in our various secondary/ tertiary aligned courses and programmes.

Unitec Pathways College – Key Aspects

  •  A single portal entity that understands secondary schools and responds to their needs in a coordinated, collaborative and effective manner. A contact point for schools to connect with Unitec for all learning and teaching activity i.e. Vocational Pathways and STAR courses.
  • All secondary school students will be connected to our pro-active pastoral support programmes, ensuring success for the student and their whanau/ family.
  • UPC will ensure a seamless transition for students who want to stay at Unitec and study tertiary programmes at level 4 and above. This ultimately leads to significantly improved employment outcomes for the students.
  • Close alignment with Marketing that ensures promotion of our Vocational Pathway courses and programmes provides useful and timely materials and information.
  • The development of research capability that will assist in the on-going development and improvement of student success, support and transition.

If your school is interested in Vocational Pathways or STAR courses, please contact UPC@unitec.ac.nz



Case study 1 – Young Women in Trades

A cohort of young women from Kelston Girls' College, Green Bay High and St. Dominic's College partnering with Unitec to get more women into trades. The young women come to Unitec every Thursday to learn carpentry, electrical or hospitality skills.

Read the New Zealand Herald article, published 27 June 2016

Case study 2 – MAGnet (partnership between Mount Albert School and Unitec)

A 14-week pilot programme to give year 12 secondary students a taste of tertiary learning and a chance to get well on the road to degree equivalent qualification by the time they leave school. Four days at school as normal with one day a week at Unitec.

"These students will gain real life learning in a school setting, and be offered an opportunity that will guarantee them success in the future. I look forward to watching this programme grow." (Mount Albert School Head Teacher, Patrick Drumm)