Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group

The Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group has been established to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our Capital 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 were formed in June 2020, with an immediate focus on the COVID-19 impacts of regional workforce and labour market factors. Permanent groups were established in 2021 and are drawing on this work.

RSLGs are developing Regional Workforce Plans (RWPs), which will project labour supply needs, to ensure the regions have the right skills and workforce planning to seize local economic opportunities.

Find out how RWPs and other advice from the groups will be used:

Regional Skills Leadership Groups - Informing Government activities and decisions

Regional workforce plan

Have your say on the draft Wellington Regional Workforce Plan

The Wellington RSLG is pleased to present our draft Regional Workforce Plan for your feedback and comment.

We have spent the past year building a clear picture of the Wellington region’s labour market and workforce needs. We have visited local communities, talked with stakeholders, gathered insights and discussed data. We’ve heard about the region’s challenges and opportunities, its sectors and communities, its iwi and their work and aspirations, its local communities and their needs, aspirations, and plans. We’ve agreed our long-term vision for the region’s workforce with stakeholders, and where to focus our effort over the next three years.

We have now developed a proposed action plan to help us reach our vision. We are proposing actions and activities with regional impact that can be achieved through leadership, influence, coordination and collaboration. Your feedback on this action plan will help us to finalise it.

Submissions are now open, and close at midnight Tuesday 19 April 2022.

Linked below you will find:

Please email completed feedback forms or simply share your thoughts in the body of your email: WellingtonRSLG@mbie.govt.nz

Find out how RWPs and other advice from the groups will be used

RWP public meeting – join us online

We invite you to join us online to hear about the plan and ask questions. Dates are:

  • Wednesday 30 March, 8.30 am
  • Monday 4 April, 4 pm
  • Tuesday 5 April, 1 pm

Please email us at wellingtonRSLG@mbie.govt.nz if you’d like to attend and we’ll send you the details.


Each Regional Skills Leadership Group has 12 to 14 members, including the co-chairs. Each group has two co-chairs: one 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 Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group members.

The Learnings from Wellington iRSLG and Data profile of the Wellington regional labour market documents were 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 packs contain a range of regional labour market and skills intel and include 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.

Last updated: 24 March 2022