Regional Skills Leadership Groups

To support the COVID-19 response, the Government is working with the provinces and cities to set up 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups and gain insights into how COVID-19 is impacting local economies and job markets.

These Regional Skills Leadership Groups will identify what is happening and is expected to happen in their regional labour markets, and use this to advise on the workforce and skills needs in their region and actions to meet these.

Our employer, skills, education, and welfare systems will act on this advice with initiatives to help re-employ, redeploy or retrain workers and entrepreneurs who have lost their jobs or closed their businesses.

The Groups will feature regional industry leaders, economic development agencies, worker representatives, iwi, and community representatives, along with a government representative, who will contribute their knowledge and local expertise.

On 14 May 2020, funding for the Regional Skills Leadership Groups was confirmed in Budget 2020.

Read the Budget announcement on the Regional Skills Leadership Groups and other initiatives(external link)

The Government announced its plans for the Groups last year, and is now refocusing them to play an important role in the COVID-19 response and recovery.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about this consultation, please contact us on rslg@mbie.govt.nz.

Background documents

These documents relate to the initial announcement of the Regional Skills Leadership Groups last year. The Government will announce more details on the role of the Groups in the COVID-19 response and recovery.

Read the Ministers' September 2019 announcement on Regional Skills Leadership Groups(external link)

Cabinet Paper: Establishing Regional Skills Leadership Groups [PDF, 434 KB]

Cabinet Minute: Establishing Regional Skills Leadership Groups [PDF, 186 KB]

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Last updated: 14 May 2020