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Introducing the Hanga-Aro-Rau data dashboards — a set of tools designed to provide analysis and visualisation for various sectors. At the bottom of each dashboard, you'll find arrow buttons for easy navigation between different dashboards. To access all the industry dashboards, click on the navigation pane icon represented by three horizontal lines. This feature offers a comprehensive overview and quick access to industry-specific data insights. Click next to the navigation pane icon for information about the underlying data.

In 2021, there were about 300,000 learners in qualifications or programmes related to our industries. 75 per cent of them were work-based learners. Out of the 300,000 enrolments, Automotive Engineering subjects have the highest number of learners enrolled (29 per cent), next is Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (19 per cent). 53 percent of learners are enrolled to qualification at Level 4 certificates.

Data dictionary and caveats to information


The New Zealand Standard Classification of Education (NZSCED) is a subject-based classification system for courses and qualifications at universities, polytechnics, wananga and private training establishments in receipt of Government funding. NZSCED was designed to improve the quality and consistency of statistics collected by the government agencies in relation to tertiary study, and to improve New Zealand's international statistical reporting compliance. NZSCED codes exist on a broad, narrow, and detailed level. These codes are useful for providing a standardised way of presenting education data relating to provision and performance over time. To find out more about the NZSCED classification click here.

As a starting point, we have primarily reported information using the narrow and detailed NZSCED classification. The narrow and detailed NZSCED groupings can cover a wider topic area than a single industry group. The NZSCED codes are not designed to be industry specific, they are designed to group up similar subject areas. For some of the education counts data, specifically learners by provider type, age and gender breakdown of the learners, information is only available at the narrow NZSCED level.

Te Pūkenga

Te Pūkenga - The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) was established in 2020 as part of reforms of vocational education. It brings together the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) into one organisation. Some industry training functions transferred to Te Pūkenga in 2021, while others transferred to private providers. The latest coverage date in these dashboards is 2021, when ITOs were not yet part of Te Pūkenga (ITO mergers into Te Pūkenga mostly occurred in 2022).


Age is calculated as at 31 December.

Ethnic Group

Ethnic group is a multiple response value. People can be counted in multiple ethnic group categories.

International Students

International students are those studying here without New Zealand/Australian citizenship or permanent residence status. Students studying off-shore at tertiary education providers that are registered in New Zealand are considered international students unless they hold New Zealand citizenship.

The funding provided by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is determined based on the learner's status at the time of enrollment and remains applicable throughout the duration of the course. TEC predominantly provides funding for students who are classified as domestic. For more information see here.

Campus-based (primarily) Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Campus-based (primarily) VET is defined as follows:

  • tertiary education provision occurring at Te Pūkenga subsidiaries (previously polytechnics and institutes of technology), wānanga, universities and private training establishments (PTEs)
  • enrolments that are eligible for funding by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
  • includes Managed Apprentices, which are offered by Te Pūkenga subsidiaries (previously polytechnics and institutes of technology). Managed Apprenticeships are the exception here as they are primarily workplace-based
Workplace-based (primarily) Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Workplace-based (primarily) VET is defined as follows:

  • workplace-based training are arranged by industry training organisations (ITOs), (ITOs have been disestablished. Workplace-based training is managed by Te Pukenga Workbased Learning subsidiaries, i.e the same as above)
  • includes trainees and apprentices (previously Industry Training Apprentices and Trainees), but excludes managed apprentices.
  • provision in certificate and diploma qualifications at Levels 1 to 7 on the NZQF
  • enrolments that are eligible for funding by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)
  • learners may do block courses at a campus

For further details of workplace-based learners click here.

Types of workplace-based learners

Workplace-based learners include Industry Training Apprentices and Trainees, depending on the credit value and level of their programmes.

Note: Managed Apprentices are not industry training learners but are enrolled at non-traditional industry training providers, for example, Te Pūkenga subsidiaries. As such, they are included in the reported counts of provider-based tertiary education students.

For further details of workplace-based learners click here.