Alignment with workforce development councils

The below summary highlights where there is alignment between the relevant Workforce Development Council and findings from the Tairāwhiti CARE Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG).


Toitū te Waiora have committed to supporting Tairāwhiti (via Te Whatu Ora) with the development of qualifications, particularly those that focus on encouraging youth into careers in the health sector.

Toitū te Waiora have also identified key themes of supporting Māori and Pasifika learners and realising the potential of the volunteer and unregulated health workforce.

Te Whatu Ora have identified the need to build capacity across the Allied Health and Medical Clinical Care roles through upskilling their kaiāwhina and non‐health related workforce and attracting rangatahi. The CARE‐RSLG is supportive of this mahi and has identified health as a new focus area for the 2023/24 workforce plan refresh.


CARE‐RSLG has alignment with Muka Tangata in relation to providing leadership opportunities in the forestry and horticulture sectors.

Vertical/civil construction

Waihanga Ara Rau and CARE‐RSLG have alignment with regards to supporting:

  • the construction sector in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle (recruitment into sector, retention of existing apprentices, and roving assessors)
  • creating pathways from building/carpentry into higher skilled disciplines (for example, architecture, engineering and planning)
  • environmental management for roading, construction and infrastructure.

CARE‐RSLG undertook a survey across local civil construction companies and the skills identified as having the highest demand are machine operators, truck drivers, project managers, and project engineers.

Digital & technology

Toi Mai have identified opportunities in Toi Pāho (Broadcast and Screen) and Toi Whānui (Enabling Technologies) to increase specialised work based training, increase opportunities for career changers and grow diversity in the sector.

The CARE‐RSLG has advocated for increased funding of screen production training in Tairāwhiti and is aligned with Toi Mai with regards to growing Māori participation in the sector. 

The CARE‐RSLG has identified a need to upskill the digital literacy and competency of the Tairāwhiti workforce across industries such as construction, forestry and manufacturing to operate new technologies being introduced. The CARE‐RSLG is aligned with the Digital Skills project currently being undertaken by Hanga Aro Rau to upskill the Tairāwhiti workforce.

Manufacturing/transport and logistics

Hanga‐Aro‐Rau and CARE‐RSLG have absolute alignment with regard to the need for in‐region provision of advanced manufacturing and engineering qualifications (Computer Numeric Control Machining and Digital Skills).

Hanga‐Aro‐Rau and CARE‐RSLG collaborated with Gisborne Hydraulics in regard to the development of the Fluid Power qualification (Fluid Power Systems).

The CARE‐RSLG is aware that Hanga‐Aro‐Rau and Waihanga Ara Rau are undertaking a project focused on creating pathways for trades assistants into trades (such as engineering).

The CARE‐RSLG created an action in the Tairāwhiti Regional Workforce Plan (2022) that identified the need to create pathways into other disciplines within the construction sector (beyond carpentry).

The CARE‐RSLG is aligned with the planned Ports and Stevedoring review being undertaken by Hanga‐Aro‐ Rau given the development of the second berth at the Gisborne port and the growing reliance on container shipping.

Tourism (Hospitality)

Note: This response is based on Ringa Hora’s initial advice to TEC, and their Workforce Development Plan.

The CARE‐RSLG found alignment with Ringa Hora in regard to providing upskilling opportunities for kaimahi, particularly around soft skills and core hospitality skills.

The CARE‐RSLG found alignment with Ringa Hora in regard to widening funding opportunities for micro credentials.

Last updated: 06 June 2023