Policy and funding opportunities - Ngā āheinga ā-kaupapa here, ā-tahua hoki

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Listed below are the identified policy and funding opportunities for consideration by government and related entities. These are based on what the RSLG members have learnt through stakeholder and community engagement as well as the data and information available for the region.

The primary audience for these opportunities includes agencies including the Workforce Development Councils, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Social Development, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Immigration NZ.

Key sectors/Groups

Policy and funding opportunities

Conservation and biodiversity

Funding is approved to TPP to establish a Conservation and Biodiversity Academy/ Centre of Excellence focused on education, training, and employment in our natural environment. This includes the development of ‘stackable’ short courses/micro credentials for conservation work – chainsaw, planting, track development/maintenance, predator trapping, technology, people and team skills, species protection to support on the job training etc.


Funding is approved to develop and train non-clinical health workers.


Support work underway by Immigration NZ to recognise qualified migrant health and social service providers (eg doctors and nurses living in Aotearoa to allow them to practice here).

All priority groups

TPP is funded to develop work-ready micro credential courses targeted at youth/rangatahi and those wishing to re-enter the workforce including self-management, communication and social skills, work ethic, budgeting, and finances etc.


Include Te Tai Poutini West Coast in the national Education to Employment Brokerage programme (this is a funded contract through MSD on behalf of MSD and MOE).


Support the extension of:

  • the Apprenticeship Boost scheme beyond August 2022

  • Mayors Taskforce for Jobs with ongoing funding

  • The West Coast Vocational Coordinator beyond June 2022 (this directly links to the above opportunity to include Te Tai Poutini in the education to Employment Brokerage programme).

All priority groups

Funding for MSD to undertake more programmes to upskill Te Tai Poutini West Coast people within our key focus groups to be job ready (Māori, women, older persons, disabled persons, or those with health issues, and youth/rangatahi).

All sectors/groups

Working with Digital Boost, DWC and TPP funding the development and teaching of short digital literacy and ICT/specialised software courses for students, those that require on the job upskilling and businesses to enable an online presence including career opportunities and pathways


Funding for TPP to develop short courses to upskill workers already in the tourism/hospitality industry


Ensure that skilled hospitality, tourism, and health workers can enter NZ where there is a proven case of need to help with labour and skills shortages

Primary industry

Work with TPP/Te Pūkenga to establish links to agricultural courses run elsewhere, and if needed develop short courses through TPP, to support upskilling of farmers on soil nutrient management, developing and auditing farm management and farm environment plans - including the use of Overseer.

Primary industry

Work with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and fund TPP to develop and deliver short courses/micro credentials for farmers and farm managers to support them to meet their employment obligations.


Work with Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) and iwi to develop a tikanga-Māori-based employment framework to share with businesses.