Advice to the Tertiary Education Commission

Advice provided by the Marlborough RSLG to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in April 2023 to inform supplementary guidance and investment for 2024.

WW1 biplanes fly in formation over Marlborough hills

You can download the PDF version of the report at:

Marlborough Regional Workforce Outlook 2023  [PDF, 697 KB]

This Marlborough Regional Workforce Outlook 2023 is intended to provide the TEC, Workforce Development Councils (WDCs), tertiary education organisations (TEOs), our other partners, and the Marlborough community with an overview of workforce and skills needs in the region.

In this document the Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) covers the focus sectors identified in Te Mahere Ahumahi ā-Rohe o Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui | Marlborough Regional Workforce Plan (RWP), and emerging sectors where growth is anticipated and a workforce and skills response is required. It identifies workforce and skills supply and demand gaps and local insights on careers information.

The catalyst for this mahi was the TEC’s request for advice to inform the content of Supplementary Plan Guidance in June 2023 and 2024 investment in tertiary education delivery. The RSLG hopes the document will be read more broadly, particularly by WDCs and TEOs.

In the interest of providing concise and targeted advice, this Marlborough Regional Workforce Outlook 2023 does not replicate the content from the RWP. Please refer to the RWP for broader context and additional detail.

Marlborough Regional Workforce Plan

This document should also be considered alongside the Marlborough Environmental Scan, which compiled workforce and skills statistics, and the local insights reports published on the Marlborough RSLG webpage:

Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group


The quantitative evidence base for workforce and skills in Marlborough is generally poor (or non-existent), with one or two notable exceptions such as the construction sector Workforce Information Platform:

Workforce Information Platform(external link)

The RSLG has engaged with all 6 WDCs, TEOs (including Te Pūkenga and its various business units), Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence, iwi, industry bodies, employers, learners, central government organisations, the Marlborough District Council, schools, NGOs and other regional stakeholders to provide a qualitative evidence base to supplement the limited quantitative data.

Last updated: 29 June 2023