The Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) has noted numerous barriers to address the acute workforce shortages in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa as a whole. Many of these barriers are beyond training and vocational education issues.

Recommendations and insights to address challenges

The following are recommendations from various hui and engagements with the health sector that have a training and skills aspect to them:

Current demand considerations for skills and workforce challenges in Auckland – Health

Over the next 20 years there will be an additional person living in Auckland for every additional person in the rest of Aotearoa. 80% will be aged 40 years of age and older, and just over half (42.5%) aged 65 years of age and older. As people age, they will have:

  • physical
  • psychological and mental disabilities
  • depression
  • chronic medical conditions.

Aging has impact on the quality of life and will drive an overwhelming need for health care and supportive services. Demand for disability and health related services will increase, as will the need for welfare and agencies that support carers.

In a decade, the older age bracket will be less likely to identify as Pakeha and more likely to be Asian, Pacific and Māori. And there will be less children who identify as Pakeha and more who identify as Asian and Pacific. Tangata Whenua will be about the same. By 2033, those in the age bracket who would be traditionally studying at tertiary levels and building skills will be increasingly Asian, Māori and Pacific. The implications for workforce demand in health will be a larger but different workforce to reflect not just our aging population but Auckland’s diverse and dynamic population.

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Last updated: 13 June 2023