Manawatū–Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group
The Manawatū–Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group has been established to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region.
The group is one of 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) in New Zealand, set up by the Government to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our region.
They are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country. The group will provide independent advice which employers and government agencies can act on.
Interim Regional Skills Leadership Groups (iRSLGs) were formed in June 2020, with an immediate focus on Covid-19 impacts of regional workforce and labour market factors, providing valuable insights focused on helping re-employ, redeploy or retrain workers and entrepreneurs who have lost their jobs or closed their businesses.
A permanent, future-focused, group was established on 1 September 2021 and builds on the work of interim group with a focus on Regional Workforce Planning, continuing to provide valuable insights and supporting regional coordination to meet future skills and workforce needs.
The group will shortly commence the development of a Regional Workforce Plan, which will project labour supply needs, to ensure the regions have the right skills and workforce planning to seize local economic opportunities.
In developing Regional Workforce Plans, the groups will link to and coordinate with existing work underway in each region so that they don’t duplicate activity.
The Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) consists of up to 12 members, including the co-chairs.
Each group has 2 co-chairs; 1 identified through a public Expression of Interest process and the other nominated by local iwi/Māori. Co-Chairs have been appointed by the Minister for Social Development, and Employment and the Co-Chairs, with the support of MBIE, filled the remaining membership from people within the Manawatū-Whanganui region.
Membership of the permanent Group will vary at times but, in general, will seek a balance that includes:
- business representatives to reflect the views from the ‘demand’ side of the labour market;
- worker representatives, to reflect the ‘supply’ side of the labour market;
- a local government representative, who may be drawn from an Economic Development Agency;
- iwi/Maori representatives;
- community representatives to ensure diversity of experience and perspective around the table;
- and the relevant Regional Public Service Lead will also sit as a Group Member.
Local insights reports
Local insights reports have been produced by the interim RSLG, and are designed to provide a snapshot of the impacts of COVID-19 and identify the challenges and opportunities for the regional labour market. Reports are developed by Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group members.
- Manawatū – Whanganui local insights report: November 2021 [PDF 442KB]
- Manawatū – Whanganui local insights report: October 2021 [PDF 863KB]
- Manawatū – Whanganui local insights report: September 2021 [PDF 808KB]
- Manawatū – Whanganui local insights report: August 2021 [PDF 869KB]
- Manawatū – Whanganui local insights report: July 2021 [PDF 773KB]
- Local insights report: Manawatū - Whanganui interim RSLG - June 2021 [PDF 864KB]
- Local insights report: Manawatū – Whanganui interim RSLG - May 2021 [PDF 731KB]
- Local insights report: Manawatū – Whanganui interim RSLG - April 2021 [PDF 802KB]
- Local insights report: Manawatu-Whanganui interim RSLG - March 2021 [PDF 713KB]
- Local insights report: Manawatū-Whanganui interim RSLG - January 2021 [PDF 1.2MB]
An infographic that details the system in which the Regional Skills Leadership Group will operate, including purpose, actors, activities and outcomes.
This regional information handover pack was developed by the RSLG Secretariat team in anticipation of the establishment of the permanent Regional Skills Leadership Group and the development of the Regional Workforce Plan. The data it contains is taken at a point in time and is up to date as of May 2021. Further updates to this information may be developed in the future as required for the purposes of inclusion in the Regional Workforce Plan.