What we’ve heard from industry in Tairāwhiti

Engagements with businesses across the region has highlighted the following needs:

  • training is often not available locally, forcing kaimahi to leave the region, their jobs and their whānau, to gain qualifications
  • increase training provision in the smaller communities on the East Coast
  • apprentices need to be better supported with the theoretical aspects of apprenticeships
  • it is often difficult for employers to take on apprentices because it requires additional support, often from their more experienced and qualified staff, which impacts on the capacity and financial viability of the business
  • kaimahi have greater success and employers benefit more when skills are learned ‘on the job’
  • increase opportunities for kaimahi to ‘earn’ as they learn
  • kaimahi have greater success when provided with opportunities to support each other through skill attainment (for example, on the job ‘cohort’ approach to training)
  • the development of training programmes and the funding of training needs to be more agile and responsive to industry needs in Tairāwhiti
  • there is a greater need for hybrid or multi‐skilled workers who can work across a number of different roles  
  • the need for bite‐sized training (micro‐credentialling) to upskill the existing workforce
  • training framework in the health sector needs to improve recognition of prior learning
  • the visibility of training pathways is often limited
  • local horticulture businesses have indicated that there is a shortage in highly skilled workers including agricultural engineers and Māori agronomists   
  • there is an opportunity to grow local medical imaging research and capability alongside projects across a range of issues that impact the well‐being of the Tairāwhiti community.
Last updated: 06 June 2023