• WECA July Editorial

    Jul 2021 -

    Kia ora koutou katoa


    Labour and skills shortages continue to be the top challenge of Waikato’s Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics sector (MEL), and according to WECA’s survey that many of you recently responded to, the shortages are getting worse. Furthermore,  on average 30% of the sector workforce is 55 years and over.


    One recommendation that is being explored by a working group consisting of members of the Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group (including Pam Roa) and myself is “investigating funding for a pilot programme on skills transfer between ageing skilled staff and young people in workplaces in the manufacturing, engineering and logistics sector”.  Let’s hope this comes up with something solid that benefits the sector.


    Other key findings from the survey include an enduring reliance on migrant workers, an increase in apprentices (employers taking advantage of Government incentives) but more apprentices needed, and less than 20 percent of the workforce is female.  The female cohort represent an opportunity, but employers may need to think differently about how they set up their shifts to suit the pool of 25 plus year-old females looking for work.  Read more here.


    Meanwhile, our young team here at WECA has been representing the MEL sector at several Careers Expos across the Waikato.  We are promoting engineering, and engineering jobs to young people and their parents and capturing information for follow-up.  The team has been doing an excellent job of raising the profile of manufacturing and engineering, in collaboration with employers, Wintec, University of Waikato and Competenz.  


    Keep up the great work everyone


    Ngaa mihi


    Mary, Penny and Maddie

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