Linking NCEA standards to certain industries is improving teenagers' chances of being able to find a job or go on to further study when they leave school, a Ministry of Education report says.
The vocational pathways project uses colours to show which industries particular standards lead to.
The pathways were only introduced in 2013 and the ministry says the proportion of young people getting an NCEA certificate leading to a particular industry has already doubled to 42 percent.
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said on Monday the pathways have made NCEA more relevant to young people and help them choose standards that will lead to their preferred career.
Mr Joyce announced the sixth and final pathway - the creative arts. Others include manufacturing and construction, and the primary industries.