Our vision and focus areas

Our vision

“We work in partnership for a skilled and inclusive workforce doing quality work to cultivate innovation, prosperity, and resilience for all in our region. Mā pango, mā whero, ka oti ai te mahi”.

Focus areas in our regional plan

Kahurangi tohu - blueMaximising the available workforce to meet regional demand. This means actions that will help fill current and anticipated skill shortages in the region from our local population, including people in our priority communities. It could include actions that open doors for people, increase hours for people who want them and see people step up into better paid jobs.

Kākāriki tohu - greenImproving awareness of, and access to, relevant skills development. This means actions that improve equitable access to skills development (such as better knowledge and information of opportunities and options for training delivery) and to the development of skills that are relevant to our region’s current and future needs, including consideration of mātauranga Māori. These actions will begin to build clearer pathways to a skilled workforce.

Karaka tohu - orangeBuilding connections between employers, educators, and workers. This means actions that bring labour market participants together to increase communication, build collaboration and foster solutions to current and future workforce challenges.

Papura tohu - purpleBuilding workplaces that are worker-friendly, inclusive and where workers thrive. This means actions that influence awareness and understanding of the diverse workers in our workforce, worker voice, worker well-being and retention.

Kōwhai tohu - yellowSupporting employment initiatives for young people. This means actions that target the particular needs of rangatahi and young people up to the age of 30. It recognises the importance placed on supporting rangatahi in existing iwi and community plans.