Skills and Talent
The Manawatū-Whanganui region has an enviable record of labour market growth. However, upskilling the workforce is a constant requirement and more so with the implementation of the range of opportunities within the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan.
A skills and talent group has been created to drive this enabler, led by Margaret Kouvelis. Margaret is the chairperson for Talent Central.
There are a number of key characteristics required in skills, training and talent development programmes:
- Flexibility. Classroom training has limited relevance to evolving sectors, particularly in remote areas such as those in the tourism industry or hill country. Instead, more flexible on-the-job training is required.
- Digital. Online training where individuals can pick up instructional programmes or resources will be in higher demand.
- Local workforce. A purpose of several of the opportunities such as tourism is to provide employment to local populations in areas where employment is limited. This can often be difficult to achieve because of the incompatibility between skills and requirements.
- Multi-tasking. Many emerging industries require people capable of undertaking multiple tasks and able to deal with the changing nature of the work environment.
The immediate priorities for this enabler are:
The lack of driving license / qualifications / experience has been identified as a significant issue, particularly in the logistics and transport sectors. Manfeild has been developing a driver licensing and training package for school leavers in conjunction with industry.
For detailed information on all priorities for Skills and Talent please visit the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan.
For an update on Action Plan Progress check out the latest Accelerate25 dashboard.