Timeframe: short, medium and long term

Define BOP cross-sector seasonality workforce patterns [horticulture, forestry, aquaculture, tourism, agriculture] for the full region to better inform future planning.

Undertake research to build a complete picture of the seasonality patterns across BOP (incl FTEs, skills, workforce demography including migrant workers, pay rates) to then validate if under-employment is an issue or an opportunity.

Support Māori and non-Māori sector groups/industry clusters/large employers to develop their own bespoke micro-credential/on-the-job training programmes.

Identify potential groups/clusters that could develop in-house micro-credential programmes.

Support the cluster to build/implement the micro-credential programme.

Advocate to TEC to fund the programme.

Support pakihi and employers to deliver richer employment and learning experiences, thereby increasing skills, job satisfaction, kaimahi/employee retention and productivity.

Develop a business case for a mentor/learner in-house programme; with older workers sharing skills/learning with newer/younger workers.

Improve pastoral care services for seasonal workers to support needs outside the workplace.

Identify services and programmes that can reduce the barriers to people entering seasonal work.

Research to better identify what the real and perceived barriers are, including drivers licencing, digital capability, accommodation and transport, and earn while you learn initiatives.

Identify private and public sector initiatives and programmes to mitigate barriers identified in the action directly above.

Form a working group to look at potential models for multi-employer employment opportunities for seasonal work.

Explore the impacts of automation, robotics and AI for the future workforce, and identify skills required to transition into these roles of the future.

Research impacts of automation, robotics and AI on skill requirements in primary sector workforce across the BOP.