Whitireia and WelTec host Porirua launch of Regional Workforce Plan for Wellington

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The Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) today held the Porirua launch of the Regional Workforce Plan for Wellington at Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

Regional Workforce Plans (RWPs) set out regional aspirations, priorities and actions for current and future workforce skills development in the region, with a focus on regional solutions to regional issues.

Daphne Luke Glenn Barclay RSLG co chairs Mark Oldershaw Whitireia and WelTec CE Dr Taku Parai chair Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira

“As a stakeholder and partner of the RSLG we were delighted to be able to host the Porirua launch of the inaugural Regional Workforce Plan for Wellington,” says Mark Oldershaw, chief executive of Whitireia and WelTec.

“We support the Plan and the importance it has placed on promoting training and development of skills needed in the Wellington region - this is where Whitireia and WelTec, as regional providers of vocational education and training, play a critical part.

“We agree that improving equitable access to skills development is fundamental, and one of the major pou (pillars) in Whitireia and WelTec’s strategic framework is to improve outcomes and opportunities for ākonga Māori (Māori students),” says Mr Oldershaw.

Co-chair of the RSLG, Daphne Luke, said: “We have had the privilege of working with Iwi Māori who have shared their aspirations and the work that they are engaged in to ensure their future generations are skilled, knowledgeable and maximising their contributions to their communities and the wider region, and to do so, as Māori.”

“We have also identified the need for the region to build better connections between employers, educators and workers, and to focus on building thriving workplaces and supporting young people into employment,” said Wellington RSLG co-chair Glenn Barclay.

“We are committed to building clearer pathways to a skilled workforce by tailoring programme provision to match skills needs, and look forward to even greater connectedness between educational organisations, employers, local Government, iwi and our Pacific communities to help make this happen,” concluded Mr Oldershaw.

Speaking at the event in Porirua were: Daphne Luke and Glenn Barclay (RSLG co-chairs), Anthony Carter (RSLG member), Dr Taku Parai (chair, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira), and Mark Oldershaw.

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