Ministry of Education initiatives


The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) provides all state secondary schools with additional funding to access courses that provide greater opportunities for students.

The objective of STAR is to enable schools to better meet the needs of students by personalising learning pathways and facilitating a smooth transition to the workplace or further study. STAR has undergone a recent review, and from 2015 will be more closely aligned to the Vocational Pathways.

Trades Academies

Trades Academies focus on delivering trades and technology programmes to secondary students based on partnerships between schools, tertiary institutions, industry training organisations and employers. Students in Years 9 to 13, interested in a career in trades or technology, can combine study at a Trades Academy with studies towards their NCEA.

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways are designed to help students see how their learning and achievement connects to the real world, and provide different ways to achieve NCEA Level 2. There are six pathways which represent six different key industries:    

  • Primary Industries
  • Service Industries
  • Social & Community Services
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Creative Industries.


  • Last changed: 28 May 2015
  • Last verified: 28 May 2015