This page gives an overview of the action plan for the Southland Murihiku December 2022 progress report.
Work alongside the range of local and central government initiatives already underway, (eg Just Transition) to identify synergies and opportunities to work together and ensure work programmes regarding the region’s labour market are complementary where possible.
Facilitate a coordinated regional response to labour market aspects of sector and government consultations and initiatives, eg immigration settings, health system reforms.
Collate and advise the education sector on:
- new and/or preferred ways of delivering training across the region
- specific skills shortages, and the generic/management skills needed to support workforce development in the region.
Develop an overarching equity framework that ensures te ao Māori is embedded into all analysis, insights and actions produced by the RSLG in the future.
Undertake research and analysis to better understand the opportunities provided for those categorised as ‘underutilised’ in the labour market.
Connect support services and employers with each other to enable collaboration, sharing of ideas and best practice.
Contribute a ‘one’ labour market voice to the development of a clear strategy that promotes Southland Murihiku as an ideal destination for workers to live, work and play.
Support cross sector and inter-regional planning to improve working conditions – with a particular focus on remote locations, seasonality and intermittent demand.
Support the greater use of procurement levers, eg regional social procurement policies, Southland-wide approach to government and large private tenders.
Support a sector-wide approach to changing the poor perceptions of working in the 4 initial RWP priority sectors – promoting the sectors’ diversity of roles and career pathways available.
Career pathways and advice:
- Support the mapping and promotion of career pathways and entry points to the 4 initial RWP priority sectors, to support transition into and clear pathways through the sectors.
- Promote initiatives to improve the career advice and practical support our rakatahi receive.
Support employer and learner uptake of apprenticeship programmes and other government-funded training options, with resources readily available to encourage this participation.
Explore integrating drivers licensing into the education system or establishing a pipeline to speed up the process of licensing.
Support the development of an intergenerational model, supporting not only rakatahi but also whānau, creating a stronger relationship between family, support services, employers, and education providers.
Work with iwi, unions/workers and employers to strengthen the place of Māori in the workforce – in particular, health and safety outcomes and career progression.
Work with iwi to better understand the shape and implications of Māori-led tourism and hospitality in Southland Murihiku.
Support the development of a holistic health plan for rakatahi, encompassing principles like ‘Te Whare Tapa Whā’, used to support all types of youth health problems.
Work with iwi and Māori health providers to authenticate te ao Māori models of practice that attract Māori into the health sector.
Promote and share good practice tools and training that foster safe, supportive workplace environments and a positive culture among staff. For example:
- supporting the retention of older workers and the sharing of their knowledge
- increasing leadership capability
- encouraging a more diverse, but also inclusive, workforce
- promoting flexible work practices
- providing quality on-job training and development
- paying living wage at a minimum.
Promote and share strategic, governance and capital investment best practice and information.