RSLG membership opportunities

Join us and help to grow your region’s workforce. We have membership opportunities in Regional Skills Leadership Groups around the motu.

Hono mai me mātou ki te tautoko kia whakarahi ake ai i te hunga kaimahi. He angitūtanga mema i roto i ngā Rōpū Kaiārahi Pūkenga Ā-Rohe huri noa i te motu.

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Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) are independent advisory groups identifying and supporting better ways of meeting future regional skills and workforce needs across Aotearoa. Each group has 12 to 15 members who are well-connected leaders committed to making a difference in their regions.

They are working with regional partners and stakeholders to drive more coordinated labour market planning so people in their region can access better training and decent, high-skilled jobs. And so local employers can find the skilled workers they need, now and in the future.

Members are appointed for a set period and we currently have a number of vacancies on RSLGs around the country due to the expiry of terms. The structure of each RSLG is linked to the workforce interests in that region – workers and employers/industry, iwi/hapū/Māori, community, training and more.

Are you highly networked and passionate about improving your local labour market?

Do you want to help make your region and its people stronger and more resilient? This could be your next leadership opportunity.

Co-chairs of some of the 15 independent Regional Skills Leadership Groups discuss the work they’re doing on regional skills and workforce needs.

Co-chair/member vacancies

The 15 RSLGs draw on members’ extensive local networks and varied experience. Membership is diverse and reflects the labour market’s demand side (employers/industry) and supply side (workers/community) along with other market influencers like training providers and sector and community groups.

Each RSLG has 2 co-chairs, with 1 nominated by iwi/hapū/Māori in the region, and 12 to 15 other members. Co-chairs are appointed by Cabinet and RSLG members are appointed by MBIE’s Chief Executive.

RSLGs are structured to make sure there is a spread of interests and knowledge around the table and this is reflected in the vacancies below. Appointments are for a term of up to 3 years and positions are part-time with fees determined by the Cabinet Fees Framework.

You must be living in New Zealand and preferably within the region to which you are applying. In your cover letter, please outline your connection to the region and demonstrate your regional leadership.

Region Vacancies and experience sought (MBIE recruitment)
Taitokerau Co-chair, Taitokerau(external link)

Members, Taitokerau – 2 worker/union/community(external link)
Tāmaki Makaurau Members, Tāmaki Makaurau – 4 industry, 3 worker/union/community(external link)
Waikato Member, Waikato – industry(external link)
Bay of Plenty Co-chair, Bay of Plenty(external link)

Members, Bay of Plenty – 1 industry, 2 worker/union/community, 1 local government(external link)
Hawke’s Bay* Co-chair, Hawke's Bay

Members, Hawke’s Bay – 1 industry, 2 worker/union/community
Taranaki Members, Taranaki – 2 industry, 1 worker/union/community(external link)
Manawatū-Whanganui Members, Manawatū-Whanganui – 1 industry, 1 local government(external link)
Wellington Members, Wellington – 2 industry, 1 worker/union/community(external link)
Marlborough Members, Marlborough – 2 industry, 2 worker/union/community(external link)
Nelson Tasman Member, Nelson Tasman – worker/union/community(external link)
Te Tai Poutini West Coast Members, Te Tai Poutini West Coast – 1 industry, 1 local government(external link)
Canterbury Co-chair, Canterbury(external link)

Members, Canterbury – 1 industry, 2 worker/union/community, 1 local government(external link)
Otago Co-chair, Otago(external link)

Members, Otago – 1 industry, 1 worker/union/community, 1 local government(external link)
Southland Co-chair, Southland(external link)

Members, Southland – 2 industry, 3 worker/union/community(external link)

* Recruitment for Hawke’s Bay vacancies will begin at a later date.

Information about each RSLG, including current membership and recent local insights reports, is available on the individual RSLG pages.

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

Applicants will be contacted in March with shortlisted candidates interviewed March/April and appointments confirmed late June. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a regional panel before final recommendations are considered by Cabinet/MBIE’s Chief Executive.

Visit the MBIE careers site for a position description and to apply:

Apply now(external link)

RSLG mahi

Locally based, regionally led RSLGs were established by the Government in 2021 as part of a suite of new employment system initiatives designed to create a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy. They are a core element of the Reform of Vocational Education and part of a joined-up approach to regional labour market planning.

RSLG members come from industry, unions, community, iwi/hapū/Māori and local government. The Regional Public Service Commissioner in each region is also a member on behalf of central government. The groups are supported by an MBIE secretariat across the motu.

RSLGs are the regional voice on workforce challenges and opportunities. Their insights and advice:

  • inform their local labour market
  • shape the regional response to regional issues
  • influence national decision-making.

The groups produced their first Regional Workforce Plans in 2022. These direct RSLGs’ mahi and set out aspirations, priorities and actions for current and future workforce and skills development in their region. RSLGs are now working with regional partners to progress their priorities and actions.

Central government agencies responded to the themes in Regional Workforce Plans in early 2023 and suggested ways RSLGs and agencies could work together to achieve skills and workforce goals.

Find out more about RSLG mahi

Regional Workforce Plans

Cross-agency response to RSLGs’ first Regional Workforce Plans

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Te Purunga ki te Raki - Taitokerau RSLG

The Taitokerau RSLG, Te Purunga ki te Raki, is leading a collaborative project focused on hauora Māori/rural health. It draws together local iwi, health, education and social services providers, the RSLG, Te Pūkenga, Workforce Development Council Toitū te Waiora, Te Whatu Ora, Te Tai Tokerau and others.

Taitokerau’s high health needs and ageing health workforce make haoura health a regional workforce priority. Thanks to the combined effort of the RSLG and its partners, Te Pūkenga NorthTec’s Māori nursing student numbers are set to increase from 2024 and training not available in the region will soon be on offer, including mental health, podiatry and occupational health.

Close up of fish held by a person.

Nelson Tasman and Marlborough RSLGs

The Nelson Tasman and Marlborough RSLGs are working closely with Aquaculture NZ on workforce development. Aquaculture is a priority sector for both RSLGs, who helped bring together industry and government to agree on the national aquaculture workforce plan launched in 2022.

With the national Aquaculture Strategy aspiring to $3 billion in annual sales by 2035 (from currently $600 million plus), aquaculture is a growth area for several regions but the industry is dealing with critical workforce shortages. A new RSLG aquaculture collective involving all regions with a major aquaculture industry will help to build a clearer picture of current and future regional workforce requirements and influence the changes needed to meet these.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

Success is not the work of the individual but the work of many

Last updated: 07 March 2023