July 01, 2021
Whānau-led approach to guide jobs search
The co-chair of the new Tāmaki Makaurau Permanent Regional Skills Leadership Group says she will bring what she’s learned from whanau ora to the role.
The groups have been set up around the country by Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni to give advice to Government on future skills and workforce needs of their regions, including taking a joined up approach to workforce, education and immigration systems.
Awerangi Tamihere from Te Whānau o Waipareira says it’s important there is a Māori voice in the conversation, and she will look not just at where there may be sustainable jobs but what support Māori need to get and hold those jobs.
"What is always left out of the equation is the support that's needed for our people to be ready to go on a job but not only that, as we know from a whanau ora model, navigating and staying with them so they are able to successfully stay in the job and move to a better one because all the issues happen in the home, so it's actually coming to the table with understanding we need a whānau-led, whānau approach to jobs," she says.
Ms Tamihere says it’s also vital to set targets, such as 10,000 job target set last year by regional Whānau Ora collective Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki.
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