Education - School leavers in their first year after leaving, by qualification level and territorial authority (excluding Auckland) 2019

Ministry of Education


School leavers: People who have left secondary school. Data is captured in the first year after leaving school.
Youth Guarantee: Youth Guarantee fees free tertiary programmes provide 16-19-year-olds who have left school with opportunities to study towards NCEA or equivalent qualifications at tertiary providers free-of-charge.
MELAA stands for Middle Eastern/Latin American/African. European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined). For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

Data calculation/treatment

Tertiary information is based on tertiary enrolments in formal provider-based study, industry training and targeted training programmes.
Data for formal tertiary enrolments at a tertiary education provider relates to students enrolled at any time during the year with a tertiary education provider in formal qualifications of greater than 0.03 EFTS.
The highest tertiary qualification level is used, if the student has enrolled in two different tertiary qualification levels the highest is taken.
Students who identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.


  • Students who did not attend a New Zealand school.
  • Private Training Establishments (PTEs) which neither received tuition subsidies/targeted training funding nor were approved for student loans or allowances.

Data provided by

Ministry of Education

Dataset name

School Leavers: School leavers entering tertiary education 2019


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Data Tables' from the 'Downloads' section in the right-hand column

Import & extraction details

File as imported: School Leavers: School leavers entering tertiary education 2019

From the dataset School Leavers: School leavers entering tertiary education 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: 8. Qual Level by TA
  • Range: C6:K93
  • Provided: 603 data points

Dataset originally released on:

August 2020

About this dataset

This dataset is about the destination of school leavers after leaving secondary school.

Purpose of collection

The tertiary education sector is a diverse sector. Its scope ranges from informal non-assessed community courses in schools through to undergraduate degrees and advanced research-based postgraduate degrees. It provides pathways for a diverse range of learners, from school leavers to workers, the unemployed to students from overseas, and to those pursuing an interest, hobby or more social interaction. This indicator focuses on recent school leavers.
New enrolments in tertiary education are indicators of the extent to which New Zealanders are developing the skills needed for a modern knowledge economy. To achieve this goal, clear pathways to assist young people making the direct transition from school to tertiary level study must be developed and maintained.