Waikato’s engineering and manufacturing sector is positioned to be well represented in New Zealand vocational education reform, with industry lead Pam Roa appointed to the interim Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG).
The Government has set up 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) and six national Workforce Development Councils as part of the Review of Vocational Pathways (RoVE). The 15 RSLGs will provide regional advice on regional needs such as identifying workforce skills and needs, producing regional workforce plans and including industry leaders, economic development agencies, worker representatives, iwi and government representatives.
Long-time WECA member Pam Roa, of Longveld, has been appointed to represent the Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Technology sector as a member of the Waikato interim Regional Skills Leadership Group (iRSLG).
In this role, Pam will work alongside WECA, EMA, Engineering NZ and other stakeholders to develop regional labour market and economic strategies for the sector, which covers: Manufacturing and Processing, Engineering, Extractives and Drilling, Transport (heavy and commercial), Postal and Warehousing.
The current focus of the RSLGs is to identify the COVID-19 impacts on workforce challenges and look at ways to support regional recovery. An initial meeting with Key Sector Leaders was held recently at Longveld, co-facilitated by Pam Roa and Mary Jensen, manager of WECA, to lead this discussion and enable industry leaders to have their say.
WECA and EMA also conducted a survey to gather feedback on issues such as workforce challenges, training and development, and COVID-19 impacts – giving our industry and sector leaders the opportunity to influence the development of the Government’s COVID recovery response, regional labour market and economic strategies, and spending for our sector.
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