NCEA measures student achievement in assessments taken in subject classes, courses such as a hospitality or welding, Gateway, Trades Academies and in other learning areas. Students gain credits towards a NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification. Level 2 is considered to be the minimum requirement to enter employment or further training.
NCEA does not explicitly measure the skills and qualities that employers value. These are known as soft skills, transferable skills, key competencies or work readiness skills. The Licence to Work answers the questions “What is Work Ready?” and “How do you prove it?”
During 2016 and 2017, the Licence to Work is being piloted at four Taranaki High Schools and a PTE. It is hoped that the Licence will be extended to other schools and providers so that many Taranaki young people can demonstrate that they have NCEA Level 2 or higher and are ready to work.
Employers say " We know you have NCEA but tell us about your skills".