Regional Workforce Plan focus areas

Pou on Hikurangi Maunga To successfully build on the Rau Tipu Rau Ora aspirations and Tini ngā hua maha ngā huarahi, CARE-RSLG has selected the following areas of focus to be covered within this plan:

  • Vertical construction sector
  • Digital & technology sector
  • Manufacturing sector

In addition to these areas of focus, CARE-RSLG have also highlighted the need to support rangatahi and to support the resilience of our region. Tairāwhiti has one of the most ‘youthful’ populations in Aotearoa. CARE-RSLG will work with rangatahi to create opportunities for better work outcomes. We believe this will make an intergenerational difference, especially for those who are not in Education, Employment or Training. Making this a reality means addressing challenges that rangatahi have in engaging in employment and training.

Our regional engagement has shown that rangatahi face many complicated issues that act as barriers to employment. Some rangatahi are leaving school as early as 11, due to complications at home, such as overcrowding, financial pressures, and having to take on caring responsibilities within the home. Businesses have also commented that they understand the need to provide more pastoral care for rangatahi, but don’t have the time or the resource to do this in-house.

Tairāwhiti rangatahi need Tairāwhiti training; this means young people acquire skills about work, life and themselves. Young people who are confident about their identity and their ability to navigate ‘life in Tairāwhiti’ are more likely to find work rewarding.

This plan showcases some examples from within Tairāwhiti, where employers have adapted practices to focus on the needs of their kaimahi, and the positive benefits this has created for individuals and whānau.

We have been resilient in the face of COVID-19. However, there is a need for Tairāwhiti to prepare for upcoming megatrends that will shape the future of work (such as technology change, demographic change, globalisation and climate change). Continuing to plan for these and any other disruptions will be important for kaimahi, employers and whānau.

In this section

Hanga arorangi – Vertical construction

The Vertical Construction Sector is important to Tairāwhiti, due to the number of people employed, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contributions.

Hangarau matihiko – Digital and technology

Digital and Technology is not a stand-alone sector but rather a mixture of skills and professions across a variety of sectors.

Te ahu mahi – Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector is a large employer in Tairāwhiti, employing approximately 2000 workers. Most of these jobs are working with food, polymer and wood products, machinery and equipment, rubber, and printing.