Feedback sought on draft West Coast Regional Workforce plan

04 April 2022
West Coast Regional Skills Leadership Group
The Tai Poutini West Coast Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) is consulting on a draft plan that identifies and addresses labour supply and skills needs in the region.

The draft West Coast Regional Workforce Plan has been developed through engagement with employers, sector, community and business groups, iwi, Workforce Development Councils, local councils, and government agencies.

It highlights labour supply and demand trends for the West Coast and areas where collaborative action is needed to make sure the region can achieve its potential.

This is the first Regional Workforce Plan (RWP) produced by the RSLG. It will be refreshed annually.

Tai Poutini West Coast RSLG Co-chair Lisa Tumahai says the RSLG’s role as an independent advisory group is to represent the regional community and lead work on transforming the region’s skills base.

“We must plan and put support in place to ensure that our people, whether young people/rangatahi or older workers upskilling or re-entering the workforce, have access to skills training for good jobs now and in the future. This plan lays the groundwork for this.”

Fellow Co-chair Graeme Neylon adds: ”In the plan we’ve been able to identify clearly where our workforce challenges but also what the opportunities are for the Coast, and lay out a plan of action for the workforce in the short to medium term. This is a unique opportunity for us to work together as a region to both maximise our prosperity and ensure this prosperity is shared by all.”

The group is now testing the vision, priorities and proposed actions set out in the draft RWP with the West Coast community.

Submissions on the plan can be made now and up until 5pm Friday 29 April 2022. The draft plan and a feedback form are available from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

The RWP will then be revised to incorporate feedback and an updated version released mid-year. Community engagement will be ongoing as the 15 RSLGs around the motu put their plans into action.

Regional Workforce Plans will create a more joined-up approach to labour market planning that takes Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and equity into account.

They will help businesses, school leavers, training providers, industry bodies and government agencies better plan so regions have the right skills and workforce to seize local economic opportunities.