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The Vocational Pathways are a framework to guide young people through education to employment. They help students and prospective employers tailor their NCEA level 2 studies to the skills required in a particular industry, such as construction and infrastructure.
Starting in secondary school
Subjects like design technology, English and maths are important for a career in the building and construction industry.
If you’re in Year 11 or 12, you can do a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme. The Gateway programme is also a good starting point, if your school offers it.
Gateway is a free programme that allows Year 11-13 students to get practical workplace training while they’re still in school so they can make informed decisions about their future career paths. Students can gain NCEA assessment standards to recognise the skills they learn on the job.