Students are going to get the chance of earning NCEA credits by obtaining driver licences.
Education Minister Hekia Parata says too many young people are missing out on jobs because they don't have a licence, and too many others are ending up in court for driving without licences.
From April 1 next year they will be able to gain two credits towards NCEA Level One by passing the learner licences theory test, four credits towards NCEA Level Two by earning a restricted licence, and a further two credits towards NCEA Level Two by gaining a full licence.
Ms Parata says schools won't be obliged to include driver training in their curricula, but can do if they want.
"As an example, a school might find that incorporating a learning module for the licence theory test into its year eleven English programme or a Gateway programme helps to engage the interest of students," she said today.
Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss says holding a licence opens up employment opportunities for young people.
"Employers are telling us that not having a driving licence is holding back many 16 to 24-year-olds."