The following recommendations seek to inform Tāmaki Makaurau’s unique labour market, development of skills for learner success, future workforce and the quality of qualifications.
Taking into account Auckland’s unique labour market
Auckland skills and labour market have unique characteristics that reflect its size, diversity, and growing infrastructure. These factors provide both opportunities and challenges for job seekers and employers in the region. Auckland skills and labour market has some unique characteristics and points of difference compared to other regions in New Zealand:
Diversity and Size
To developing a future-ready sustainable workforce pipeline for a large, diverse metropolitan region requiring a multi-faceted approach that considers the unique characteristics of the regions workforce and the size and scale of industries it supports.
Developing foundational skills in tertiary education is crucial for learner success:
In academic pursuits and future career endeavours. There are several challenges to foundational learning for diverse learners in Auckland especially Māori and Pacific learners, and recent migrants and ethnic communities.
Language and literacy barriers
The challenges for foundational learning for Māori in Auckland
Develop foundational skills to addressing these challenges in the sector requiring a multi-faceted approach that involves creating inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments, providing targeted support and accommodations for diverse learners, and addressing systemic inequalities that impact access to education and opportunities for success. It is important we recognise this absolute need and highlight its importance for Auckland given its diverse and multicultural cohort of learners.
Developing a sustainable Auckland Future Workforce – through an intergeneration whānau and community led approach
The Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) recommend utilising a whānau-led intergenerational workforce approach while having community development and engagement that is centred on the whānau, and their intergenerational network. This approach will recognise the importance of existing community-led development initiatives already underway in Auckland, where local whānau and communities are actively engaged in decision-making processes and have control over their own development.
Recommendations 3 and 4
It is recommended that whānau take the initiative to create chances for its members to work and learn across generations. This requires the creation of a friendly and inclusive environment in which all members of the community, regardless of age or background, can contribute their talents and knowledge.
RSLG urges prioritising building workforce relationships between whānau and community members, fostering a sense of belonging and identity, while promoting the well-being of all individuals by developing their skills and supporting workforce development initiatives that support the community's economic, social, and cultural goals, with an emphasis on long-term skills and workforce sustainability. Such as the Whānau Ora Support being implemented by Te Pae Herenga o Tamaki Collective.
Quality of the qualifications – Ensure that employable qualifications are developed that are employable and unique based on the demographics of Auckland.
Auckland is characterised by a high number of private training organisations but also by the number of people who may not be fully conversant with what qualifications, including subject and level makes them employable. Many will pay fees and incur debt, but due to a lack of reputation and industry acceptance of the training organisation and qualification, their efforts will not enhance their employability.
The RSLG strongly recommends a quality signal/system for PTEs so potential students are fully aware and can invest for the best employment outcomes.
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All numbers for these roles are based on the Regional Skills Outlook RSO- 2023, Infometrics