Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group has been established to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the region.

The group is one of 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) in New Zealand, set up by the Government to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our region.

They are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country.  The group will provide independent advice which employers and government agencies can act on.

Interim Regional Skills Leadership Groups (iRSLGs) were formed in June 2020, with an immediate focus on Covid-19 impacts of regional workforce and labour market factors, providing valuable insights focused on helping re-employ, redeploy or retrain workers and entrepreneurs who have lost their jobs or closed their businesses. 

A permanent, future-focused, group has been established and will draw on the work of the interim group. 

The group has commenced the development of a Regional Workforce Plan, which will project labour supply needs to ensure the region has the right skills and workforce planning to seize local economic opportunities.

The first step has been to identify potential aspirations and focus areas for the Waikato to help shape the priority actions in the 2022 plan. 

To support their thinking, the Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group wants to know what you think is most important for future workforce development across the Waikato - whether you're a business owner, parent, student, education provider or someone who has moved to our amazing region to live, work and play. The Group will use your responses to focus their efforts as priority actions in the regional workforce plan.  We encourage you to consider the draft aspirations/focus areas in the Waikato regional workforce plan draft aspirations document, and then request that you take 15 minutes to share your feedback and ideas via the survey.

Waikato regional workforce plan draft aspirations [PDF, 160 KB]

Complete the survey(external link)


The Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) will consist of 12 to 14 members, including the co-chairs. Each group has 2 co-chairs; 1 identified through a public Expression of Interest process and the other nominated by local iwi/Māori. Co-Chairs have been appointed by the Minister for Social Development and Employment.

Membership of the permanent Groups will vary by region but, in general, include:

  • business representatives to reflect the views from the ‘demand’ side of the labour market;
  • worker representatives, to reflect the ‘supply’ side of the labour market;
  • a local government representative, who may be drawn from an Economic Development Agency;
  • iwi/Maori representatives;
  • community representatives to ensure diversity of experience and perspective around the table;
  • and the relevant Regional Public Service Lead will also sit as a Group Member.

Local insights reports

Local insights reports have been produced by the interim RSLG, and are designed to provide a snapshot of the impacts of COVID-19 and identify the challenges and opportunities for the regional labour market. Reports are developed by Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group members.

This document was developed to assist the transition between the interim and permanent Regional Skills Leadership Group. It was compiled by the RSLG Secretariat Team and passed over on behalf of the interim group. The pack contains a range of regional labour market and skills intel and includes an industry, welfare and education profile. The data it contains is taken at a point in time and is up to date as of May 2021.  Further updates to this information may be developed in the future as required for the purposes of inclusion in the Regional Workforce Plan.

The Waikato Interim Regional Skills Leadership Group produced this summary report that contains labour market and skills intel, an explanation of the methodology used to consider the work of the group, and some reflections from around the region.

Last updated: 21 December 2021