Skill shortages in Manawatū-Whanganui
The below skill shortages highlight the industries and occupations where there are projected skill shortages looking out to 2028.
These projections are based on a range of factors including:
- current levels of relevant training being undertaken
- regional share of job openings
- employment levels in the sector and forecast demand.
These projections have been ratified by the Regional Skills Leadership Group, taking into account local knowledge.
Critical skill shortages in Manawatū-Whanganui
Demand within these sectors is very high. Jobs in these sectors make up a considerable number of all job openings in the region and demand is higher than the national average.
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Health care and social assistance
- Public administration and safety
- Retail trade
Significant skill shortages in Manawatū-Whanganui
Demand for kaimahi within these sectors is very high. Jobs in these sectors make up a considerable amount all job openings in the Manawatū-Whanganui region.
- Accommodation and food services
- Education and training
High regional demand for skills in Manawatū-Whanganui
These sectors have ongoing projected demand for kaimahi in roles within these sectors.
- Administrative and support services
- Arts and recreation services
- Rental, hiring and real estate services
Specific occupations in demand
These occupations have ongoing current and projected demand for kaimahi with relevant qualifications.
- Community Worker (Kaiāwhina Health worker)
- Truck driver, Forklift driver (classes 2 to 5)
- Registered Nurse
- Laboratory Technician
- Farm Manager
- Construction Worker
- Engineering Manager
- Project Manager
- Supply and Distribution Manager
- Defence – combat personnel, maintenance and ground staff
Skill shortages for emerging industries in Manawatū-Whanganui
While the exact skill needs of emerging industries is not yet known, any training and upskilling courses supporting the following industries will be in demand in Manawatū-Whanganui:
- Roles relating to wind power generation roles, including (but not limited to) wind turbine design, manufacturing, development and maintenance
- Roles relating to hydrogen production, transportation and storage
- Roles relating to AgriTech, including (but not limited to) robotics, automation, biotechnology and engineering
- Roles relating to engineering, ICT and Science Technicians and construction roles