Desired workforce outcomes

In developing our Nelson Tasman RSLG advice to TEC, we had many discussions with businesses, workers, vocational education providers and industry groups including the Workforce Development Councils. Similar generic issues were raised in almost every conversation.

We have referramed these common issues as 8 desired outcomes and recommended actions to Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to achieve each of these.

1. Joined up regional workforce data  

Recommended action

TEC led collective approach to deliver regional workforce and learner data and evidence for each of the 15 RSLG regions, developing these data sets with other relevant agencies (for example, MBIE; MSD; MoE and the Workforce Development Councils). This should include strengthening provision of iwi/Māori data. 

2. Strengthened cultural capability and capacity 

Recommended action

TEC identify and fund Mā Māori Mō Māori, ki a Māori solutions to build Māori cultural capability and capacity for both learners and educators.  

3. Ongoing access to strategically important learning

Recommended action

TEC ensure additional funding support for delivery of courses strategically important to regions, where low learner numbers mean delivery is financially non-viable for providers. 

4. Leadership and management capability development at all levels 

Recommended action

TEC fund upskilling and reskilling for regional industries, with a priority focus on middle level managers. 

5. Digital and technology skills development for workers of all ages 

Recommended action

TEC fund digital and technology skills development at all levels to support adoption of technology and continuous improvement. 

6. Alignment with industry needs for upskilling and reskilling with flexible and portable learning and credentials 

Recommended action

TEC fund flexible and nimble delivery of niche programmes using stackable skills recognition. For example, micro-credentials. 

7. Skills that support sustainable practices for business 

Recommended action

TEC prioritise access for current and future workforces to upskill and reskill regarding design, planning, and working in ways that eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials, and regenerate nature. 

Skills that support sustainable practices for business – we note that the Tertiary Education Strategy prioritises vocational education and training to be responsive to employers and industry efforts towards being carbon neutral.

We also note the need to identify and address the issue of climate change, and our Nelson Tasman Regeneration Plan 2021 to 2031, specifically states our region aspires to  ‘being intelligent guardians - utilising research, science and technology to lead the world on regenerative solutions to our most pressing challenges’.

Nelson Tasman Regeneration Plan 2021 to 2031 [PDF, 10.6MB](external link) — Project Kōkiri 

8. Desired Outcome: Careers advice and support that enhances attraction and retention of skilled workers of all ages  

Recommended action

TEC invest in regional careers systems to better support relationships between careers education and regional industry and organisations. 

Last updated: 28 July 2023