Foreword from our co-chairs Daphne Luke and Glenn Barclay

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As co-chairs of the Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) we are pleased to release this Regional Workforce Plan (RWP) 2023. It is almost a year since we developed and launched our first RWP following consultation with employers, iwi, unions, local government and communities across the region. We are encouraged and heartened to see our communities and stakeholders’ engagement with the plan in a region with many interested parties who have overlapping interests with us. We have set up the platforms that will enable us to deliver on many of the actions, such as stakeholder groups in our priority sectors. These groups should enable us to effectively deliver on our actions. It is exciting and we look forward to it.

We have received active support to progress activities from partners, including WellingtonNZ, Te Matarau a Māui, the Regional Leadership Impact Group, the programme office of the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee, and the Wairarapa Primary Sector Advisory Group. This refreshed RWP outlines the progress we’ve made so far, particularly in building partnerships in the region for better outcomes. We have also strengthened relationships with and between Te Pūkenga, Workforce Development Councils, employers, economic development teams and Chambers of Commerce.

It is the RSLG’s role to take a strategic approach to the labour market in this varied region of ours. Our main lever is to use our connections to influence decision-makers across the region and to help inform government decisions and shape regional solutions. Our advice to the TEC on their funding decisions in the region is another important function that we have delivered on this year for the first time.

We would like to give our thanks to our RSLG members for their work so far. Some members will be stepping down at the end of June and we thank them for their contributions. Our thanks also to our partners who play a critical part in the successful delivery of our workforce plan and achieving our vision for the future of the Wellington region.

photo of Daphne Luke

Daphne Luke

photo of Glenn Barclay

Glenn Barclay