Our recommendations to the TEC

The RSLG made the following specific recommendations to the TEC in April 2023 to help focus their funding decisions for 2024 delivery.

Construction and Infrastructure

  • Continue investment in the development of trades skills for construction.
  • Increase investment in skills development for infrastructure development in engineering programmes from levels 2-6, especially for water, electrical, civil and roading engineering skills and heavy machinery operations.
  • Invest in skills for supervision, management, and project management.
  • Maintain investment in plumbing, gas fitting and drain laying apprenticeships and increase investment in support for delivery that accelerates delayed apprenticeships, e.g., block courses and /or workplace assessment.
  • Increase investment in programmes that enable upskilling and reskilling to support career changers within the industry, including distance learning.
  • Invest in degree-level programmes that develop high level digital and technical skills for building information modelling.
  • Increase investment in work-based learning to enable workers, young people, re-entrants and careers changers, to earn while they learn. 
  • Invest in careers information that promotes career opportunities as a professional specialising in construction technologies, such as digital modelling.

Health (Kaiāwhina to Nursing)

  • Continue investment in training programmes and work-based learning opportunities for kaiāwhina that enable progression from levels 2 to Level 6 and beyond.
  • Increase investment in mātauranga Māori programmes and programmes developed by Māori for Māori.
  • Invest in programmes that build cultural capability in the kaiāwhina workforce.


  • Increase investment in mechanical engineering trades skills for manufacturing, especially welding and fabrication.
  • Increase investment in pre-trades programmes to support entry into the industry and pathways into work-based learning.
  • Invest in engineering and digital skills for greater automation in manufacturing.

Visitor Sector

  • Invest in programmes and work-based learning that develops and recognises the service skills of workers and equips them for further training pathways within and outside the visitor sector.
  • Maintain investment in training of chefs.

Digital Technologies Sector

  • Invest in programmes that create points of entry into the sector for diverse learners and build pathways to higher level skills development, including through distance learning.
  • Invest in programmes which build a foundation of skills in computer science and mathematics, including statistics, calculus, and linear algebra and data analytics.
  • Invest in the development of a broad range of technical skills and programming languages.
  • Invest in skills for end-to-end web development.
  • Invest in the development of skills for cybersecurity.
  • Invest in work-based learning opportunities.
  • Invest in careers initiatives that attract Māori and Pacific peoples into tertiary training in advanced digital skills.

Primary Sector

  • Increase investment in level 2 programmes and primary industry trades academy positions to build the pathway for new entrants into the primary sector in our region.
  • Invest in programmes which provide practical skills for the primary sector and those advising the sector.
  • Continue investment in work-based learning opportunities with increased investment at level 5.
  • Invest in diploma programmes (levels 5-7) in primary sector management, including skills development in leadership and people management.
  • Invest in programmes that build skills in mātauranga Māori for land management and environmental solutions.