Hawke’s Bay RSLG Recommendations to the TEC
Tertiary education is a longer-term solution to skill needs, however there are opportunities for kaimahi and ākonga to have access to suitable training in the Hawke’s Bay that will aid in the recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle right now. There are resulting significant short-term impacts on the regional workforce, including displaced horticulture and viticulture kaimahi, and a shortage of skilled kaimahi, particularly within construction and infrastructure industries.
The Hawke’s Bay RSLG, in alignment with regional Cyclone Recovery priorities, recommends the TEC prioritise:
- Provision that reflects an understanding and application of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Provision of pre-employment and training programmes (up to and including Level 3) underpinned by pastoral care, specifically:
- Existing and effective Te ao Māori provider models
- Construction and Infrastructure models, including programmes that deliver a wheels, tracks and rollers endorsement
- Te Taiao (the environment) models that include water security, indigenous ecosystems, and resource management
- Provision of Te Pūkenga NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support
- Increased provision of all health-related qualifications or courses from Level 3 through 7
- Accessibility of the New Zealand Certificate in Resource Recovery (Level 2) in Hawke’s Bay
- Micro-credentials that pathway kaimahi into higher skilled roles in the Construction and Infrastructure Sector
- Continued funding of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) to support apprenticeships in the Infrastructure and Construction Sector
- Provision of New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3) in Hawke’s Bay
- Fencing short courses and micro-credentials, including those at pre-employment levels (Level 3)
- Horticulture and viticulture production short courses and micro-credentials (from Level 3 to Level 7).
In addition to the above regional provision, the Hawke’s Bay RSLG recommends that the TEC recognise the need for increased investment alongside the following advice:
- Increase funding available for the region to meet recovery skill demand, such as, but not limited to, the New Zealand Certificate in Resource Recovery (Level 2)
- Confirm a mechanism to enable providers (TEO’s and PTE’s) to shift delivery site, content and models to meet recovery skill demand
- Confirm a mechanism to allow providers flexibility to formally recognise on job training that is relevant to the recovery skill demand
- Give priority to existing Hawke’s Bay providers seeking ‘in-year amendments’ to their funding to meet recovery skill demand
- Support more organisations, such as Taiwhenua, to deliver NZQA-approved qualifications, programmes and training schemes.