Manawatū–Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group identifies and supports better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region.

The Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) is one of 15 RSLGs set up to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities.

RSLGs are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning that sees our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country. Find out more about the RSLG kaupapa:

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG

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Regional Workforce Plan

The Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG released its first Regional Workforce Plan on 8 July 2022. This plan builds on regional aspirations and priorities, and has a specific focus on the Kaiāwhina Health Workforce and School Transitions.

The Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG released its Regional Workforce Plan Refresh in 2023. The plan sets out labour market themes which were identified through our first RWP and includes actions for current and future workforce skills development. The Plan focuses on the Freight Logistics and Warehousing Sector and the Seasonal Elements for the Horticulture Sector.

The plan has been developed alongside regional stakeholders across all 7 districts of Manawatū-Whanganui for the benefit of our people: for our kaimahi, our rangatahi, our employers, our whānau, and our mokopuna.

Turning these outcomes into a reality requires more than words on a page – it requires meaningful action. The Manawatū-Whanganui RSLG is committed to seeing through their identified actions and stands by their recommendations to different parts of government.

Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Workforce Plans – Te Mahere ā-Rohe

Local insights reports

RSLGs are the eyes and ears on the ground in each region when it comes to labour market planning. Their regular insights reports are based on qualitative intel from stakeholders and partners about the local labour market.

You are welcome to quote from any report below – please attribute the Manawatū–Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group, an independent advisory group on regional skills and workforce development. ​

Latest local insights report

Previous local insights reports

More information on the establishment of RSLGs including background documents can be found on the general Regional Skills Leadership Groups page:

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

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Last updated: 12 January 2024