June 25, 2020
Regional skills groups will help direct recovery
Iwi, industry leaders, economic development agencies, worker and government representatives are coming together in 15 independent Regional Skills Leadership Groups to help identify and manage changing skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities.
Ten of the groups were launched today, and the others will follow in the next few weeks.
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the groups were planned before the arrival of COVID-19 as part of a joined up approach to labour market planning, but the pandemic has highlighted their potential value to the recovery.
The groups will contribute knowledge and local expertise, and be supported by a team of data analysts, policy advisors and workforce specialists.
Employers and skills, education, and welfare agencies will act on the groups’ advice to help re-employ, redeploy or retrain workers and entrepreneurs who have lost their jobs or closed their businesses.
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