Our recommendations – Ko ā mātou taunakitanga

Our kaimahi, employers, whānau, and mokopuna are worth investing in. Creating better skills and training opportunities, and employment outcomes for our people will take a collective effort. In some cases, it would be helped by resourcing from different parts of government.

Young man and man standing, folding their arms with a house being built behind them.

The Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Skills Leadership Group recommends that:

  1. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) provides funding from the Qualification Development Fund to support the creation of the ‘Entry to Healthcare’ programme delivered by UCOL – Universal College of Learning, in partnership with Iwi Māori Health providers and the Wānanga Sector.
  2. The TEC funds a local provider who partners with hapū in the Manawatū-Whanganui rohe to deliver the New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 4). This delivery will target uri (descendents) and those who live in their respective tribal As a community solution for community people that will give more local kaimahi the opportunity to upskill.
  3. The Ministry of Health review their professional development and salary promotion pathways, to ensure that upskilling and training is adequately incentivised and recompensed for the kaiāwhina workforce.
  4. The Employment, Education and Training Ministerial Group assign one central government agency to take representative responsibility for regional School Transitions. This responsibility would encompass supporting current School Transitions organisations, creating relevant informational resources for employers, and having stewardship of School Transitions data.
  5. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Waka Kotahi partner to create a unit standard that can be embedded into the secondary school curriculum for driver training, based on the driving skills syllabus.

    Driving skills syllabus(external link) – Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency