Alignment and overall triangulation

This section attempts to triangulate the insights from this report with the available advice from the Workforce Development Councils (WDC’s) and quantitative data.

Muka Tangata (MT)

Engagement with WDC’s

The Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) has communicated its industry insights to MT.

Engagement with Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s)

The RSLG has communicated recommendations to TEO’s around primary industries in demand.

Alignment with WDC (RSLG agrees with WDC advice)

Pastoral care is important to support pre-employment and new employees but also those wanting to step into leadership – there is need for leadership training preferably short courses. 

Tech advancement means people will need skills to keep up with automation and working with machines. The education system must adapt and keep place with changing work environments. 

Qualitative evidence (gathered from regional hui)

Insights from sector suggest the following shortages: 

  • Horticulture
  • Animal Husbandry.

Quantitative evidence (% - employment forecasts to 2028)

Data suggests the following:

What were the top 5 occupations in 2022?

  • 10,869 jobs: top 5 occupations
  • 42.5% of total WDC people food and fibre final in Waikato RSLG area. 
Occupation Level 2022 Change 17-22 Change 23-28
Dairy Cattle Farmer 5,438 -0.8% -0.6%
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Worker 2,620 0.2% -0.3%
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer 1,237 -1.3% -1.9%
Dairy Cattle Farm Worker 923 -0.2% 0%
Beef Cattle Farmer 652 0.7% -1.1%

Toimai (T)

Engagement with WDC’s

The RSLG has communicated its industry insights to T.

Engagement with Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s)

The RSLG has communicated recommendations to TEO’s about digital literacy and high-end skills.

Alignment with WDC (RSLG agrees with WDC advice)

Digital literacy skills are a key step at the front end of the staircase. Focus needs to place at this point to ensure a future pipeline for digital competency workers as automation impacts over the next 10 years.

Qualitative evidence (gathered from regional hui)

Insights from sector suggest the following shortages: 

  • Program Developers
  • Software Developers
  • Cybersecurity.

Quantitative evidence (% - employment forecasts to 2028)

Data suggests the following:

What were the top 5 occupations in 2022?

  • 2,049 jobs: top 5 occupations
  • 24.7% of total WDC creative cultural recreation and technology final in Waikato RSLG area. 
Occupation Level 2022 Change 17-22 Change 23-28 (F)
Hairdresser 915 4.5% -0.4%
Beauty therapist 296 4.6% -0.3%
Developer programmer 293 7.7% 1.5%
Fitness instructor 273 7.4% 3.8%
Systems analyst 272 8.3% 2.3%

Waihanga Ara Rau (WAR)

Engagement with WDC’s

The RSLG has communicated its industry insights to WAR.

Engagement with Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s)

The RSLG has communicated industry recommendations to TEO’s on construction and infrastructure skills in demand.

Alignment with WDC (RSLG agrees with WDC advice)

  • Funding for pastoral care programs in the workplace with funding allocated on a regional basis. 
  • Funding for additional literacy, numeracy, and digital skills programs.
  • Funding for re-employment programs (career changers).
  • Funding that supports on-job training and practical work-based apprenticeships. 

Qualitative evidence (gathered from regional hui)

Insights from sector suggest the following shortages: 

  • Engineers with design and project management skills
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Work
  • Residential Construction .

Quantitative evidence (% - employment forecasts to 2028)

Data suggests the following:

What were the top 5 occupations in 2022?

  • 7,792 jobs: top 5 occupations
  • 24.1% of total WDC construction and infrastructure final in Waikato RSLG area. 
Occupation Level 2022 Change 17-22 Change 23-28
Project builder 3,137 6.6% -6.0%
Electrician (general) 1,405 4.8% -0.5%
Carpenter 1,184 7.2% -4.2%
Sales assistant (general) 1,091 3.6% 0.7%
Painting trades worker 975 5.0% -2.9%

Toitū te Waiora (TW)

Engagement with WDC’s

The RSLG has communicated its industry insights to TW.

Engagement with Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s)

The RSLG has communicated industry recommendations to TEO’s on education and healthcare skills in demand.

Alignment with WDC (RSLG agrees with WDC advice)

  • RSLG has had no direct engagement with Toitū te Waiora.
  • Areas for alignment unknown:
    • Robotics 
    • Food and Beverage manufacturing
    • Civil and mechanical engineering.
  • Warehouse management, transportation and supply chain management.

Qualitative evidence (gathered from regional hui)

Insights from sector suggest the following shortages: 

  • Nurses
  • Midwives 
  • General Practitioners
  • Mental Health Workers/Youth Workers
  • Aged Care Workers.

Quantitative evidence (% - employment forecasts to 2028)

Data suggests the following:

What were the top 5 occupations in 2022?

  • 15,805 jobs: top 5 occupations
  • 33.0% of total WDC community health education and social services final in Waikato RSLG area. 
Occupation Level 2022 Change 17-22 Change 23-28
Primary school teacher 4,098 1.7% 0.7%
Registered nurse (medical) 3,173 3.9% 2.7%
Personal care assistant 3,072 3.8% 2.7%
Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher 2,827 1.5% 2.1%
Secondary school teacher 2,634 2.6% 3.1%

Hanga Ara Rau (HAR)

Engagement with WDC’s

The RSLG has communicated its industry insights to HAR.

Engagement with Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s)

The RSLG has communicated industry recommendations to TEO’s for manufacturing, engineering, and logistics skills in demand.

Alignment with WDC (RSLG agrees with WDC advice)

  • Standardised pathways to develop Computer Numerical Control skills. 
  • Standardised pathways to develop robotic welding skills. 
  • Digital skills that enable workers to engage with automation, digital systems, and data collection. 
  • Entry level skills to equip workers with knowledge to work in laboratory, environmental or quality assurance in food processing.

Qualitative evidence (gathered from regional hui)

Insights from sector suggest the following shortages: 

  • Robotics
  • Food and Beverage manufacturing
  • Civil and mechanical engineering
  • Warehouse management, transportation and supply chain management.

Quantitative evidence (% - employment forecasts to 2028)

Data suggests the following:

What were the top 5 occupations in 2022?

  • 7,746 jobs: top 5 occupations
  • 16.0% of total WDC manufacturing, engineering and logistics final in Waikato RSLG area. 
Occupation Level 2022 Change 17-22 Change 23-28
Truck driver (general) 2,069 2.0% 0.3%
Labourers nec 1,768 1.9% 0.9%
Motor mechanic (general) 1,511 2.3% 1.3%
Sales assistant (general) 1,213 2.3% 1.2%
Chief executive or managing director 1,185 2.0% 0.3%

Ringa Hora (RH)

Engagement with WDC’s

The RSLG has communicated its industry insights to RH.

Engagement with Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s)

The RSLG has communicated industry recommendations to TEO’s on services shortages and demands.

Alignment with WDC (RSLG agrees with WDC advice)

  • TEC to support entry level management training. Targeting those who are currently working in the Service sector to help lift the overall capability of the workforce.
  • Promoting numeracy and literacy is crucial. This can be done through providing basic skills training for those who need it, as well as offering ongoing training and support to help people improve skills. 

Qualitative evidence (gathered from regional hui)

Insights from sector suggest the following shortages: 

  • Finance/business analyst, accountant, functional analyst, project management, change manager, sustainability roles

Quantitative evidence (% - employment forecasts to 2028)

Data suggests the following:

What were the top 5 occupations in 2022?

  • 13,652 jobs: top 5 occupations
  • 21.9% of total WDC services final in Waikato RSLG area. 
Occupation Level 2022 Change 17-22 Change 23-28
Sales assistant (general) 5,604 1.6% 0.4%
Retail manager (general) 2,372 2.0% 0.5%
Commercial cleaner 2,097 1.5% 2.4%
Sales representatives nec 1,830 2.9% 1.5%
Chef 1,750 4.2% 2.9%