Tō mātou arotahinga mō te tau e heke mai ana | Our focus for the next year

Over the next 12 months we will continue to work on some of the actions that we started this year. For more detail see the section on progress updates on our focus areas and sectors.

The new regional actions we will focus on this year are those we have not yet started and include our 2 new sectors – Forestry and Wood Processing and the Visitor Economy.

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Workers at Shuttlerock, sourced from www.nelsontasman.nz


Our focus

Continue working in partnership to advance priority actions in the National Aquaculture Workforce Plan

Regional actions

Support the implementation of the National Aquaculture Workforce Plan, including:

  • Projection workstream: gathering current and future workforce data to inform our national and regional advice regarding future training and skills development
  • Perceptions and pathways workstreams: supporting the promotion of aquaculture related careers and training opportunities in our region

Establish a regular national RSLG forum with a focus on aquaculture workforce development, to share information and collaborate in the provision of advice.


Our focus

Maximise the opportunity of regionally planned construction and infrastructure

Regional actions

Advocate for and support the delivery of a regional construction coalition to establish construction skills pipelines.

This includes continuing to strengthen access to allied trades training and promoting training and skills development in construction and infrastructure roles.

Forestry and Wood Processing

Our focus

Establish a framework for collaboration across the region’s forestry and wood processing sector, to enable a collective response to the economic development opportunities and workforce planning requirements

Regional actions

Acknowledge the partnership between NRDA and RSLG in working together to advance our respective objectives - economic development and workforce planning and development - for the forestry and wood processing sector.

With NRDA explore establishing a potential collaboration with two groups of key regional businesses:

  • Forestry (including forestry management, silviculture and harvesting)
  • Wood Processing (including solid wood manufacturing, and wood panel and plywood).

Inform both sector groups’ understanding of the workforce planning necessary to achieve their economic development objectives.

Provide support for regional applications for the government’s Wood Processing Growth Fund aiming to increase productivity and volume of domestic processing of wood and boosting high value, high wage jobs.

Wood Processing Growth Fund(external link) — Ministry for Primary Industries

Visitor sector

Our focus

Create the framework for collaboration that will provide a critical feedback loop to help guide industry progression

Regional actions

Create a working group of regional stakeholders to support national leadership initiatives that focus on increasing the sustainability of the sector: Tourism Industry Transformation Plan; Better Work Action Plan; Tourism and Hospitality Accord. The working group will facilitate and champion the following activities:

  • Coordinate action to positively impact perceptions of a career in tourism where people can develop valuable transferable skills.
  • Support the delivery of the new NCEA Tourism Achievement Standards at NCEA levels 2 and 3 at the region’s secondary schools.
  • Stimulate action with employers to implement the Tourism and Hospitality Accord to foster staff retention. Showcase and promote best practice actions in staff management.
  • Foster events sector development with the pipeline of events planned for the region to meet the demand for suitably qualified staff for the event sector.
  • Target TEC, Ringa Hora and Te Pūkenga to ensure that events training is available for the region and awareness of training options is highlighted and promoted.

Older workers

Our focus

Increase our shared understanding of our region’s older workers and their aspirations

Regional actions

Share data and insights regarding the region’s older workers, including regularly sharing the demographic related regional workforce data.

Showcase examples of employers supporting the attraction and retention of older workers within the region, with a spotlight on our focus sectors.


Our focus

Rangatahi better understand our regional industries, the roles within those industries, and the opportunities available in Nelson Tasman

Regional actions

Increase the awareness of training options and career paths for rangatahi that enable them to stay in or return to our region.

This includes improving the connections between our regional industries, employers and secondary schools.