Last week TEU Unitec branch member Sarah Hardman shared an online presentation outlining her work with the Tāmaki Makaurau interim Regional Skills Leadership Group (iRSLG).

The Tāmaki Makaurau Regional Skills Leadership Group is one of 15 RSLGs in Aotearoa New Zealand, set up by the Government to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in the Tāmaki Makaurau region. RSLGs provide independent advice, which employers and government agencies will act on to help, among other things, re-employ, redeploy or retrain workers and entrepreneurs who have lost their jobs or closed their businesses.

RSLGs are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see the Aotearoa New Zealand workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country.

Initially, the groups have been set up on an interim, one-year basis with a swift appointment process, and a mandate to support the immediate response to the regional labour market impacts and disruption arising from Covid-19.

In the longer term, the groups will develop Regional Workforce Plans, which will project labour supply needs, to ensure the regions have the right skills and workforce planning to seize local economic opportunities.

The Tāmaki Makaurau iRSLG is co-chaired by Robert Reid of First Union and iRSLG member of the last 8 months Sarah Hardman says involvement in the group has been an important means of ensuring union voices are heard in decision-making,

‘Union involvement in groups like the RSLGs is a fantastic opportunity for union members and working people to have a greater say in each region about what kinds of skills training is planned for the region. Many of those opportunities have been lost since the 1990s, so this is a chance for us to have a say again, to be part of the conversation, and to have our voice heard in decisions that impact working people, and the future of our region’.

You can watch the full presentation here.