Mechanical engineering gateway growth

The chart below shows the number of the number of school leavers each year who have completed an engineering standard developed by Competenz. The proportion of students taking one of these unit standards while at school has been increasing from just over 4% of school leavers in 2009 to 6% in 2016. The proportion of boys taking the standards is much higher than that for girls, however the proportion of girls more than doubled between 2009 and 2016.


School leaver data is sourced from Ministry of Education data in the IDI. Foreign fee-paying students and exchange students have been excluded. Students are tagged as having completed an engineering standard if they have ever completed one during their time at school. Those who do not achieve a standard are not included. The percentage of school leavers who completed an engineering standard includes those who completed Level 1 or Level 2 standards.


Access to the anonymised data used in this study was provided by Statistics New Zealand in accordance with security and confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act 1975, and secrecy provisions of the Tax Administration Act 1994. The findings are not Official Statistics. The results in this paper are the work of the authors, not Statistics NZ, and have been confidentialised to protect individuals, households, businesses, and other organisations from identification. Read our full disclaimer here.


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