A co-governance system of administration is being introduced to the job-training and employment sector.
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced a raft of co-chair appointments for the country’s 15 permanent Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLG).
Doubling up on chairs has the great merit of providing more jobs than when you have just one chair: the groups will be headed by 30 co-chairs rather than 15 chairs.
One co-chair (the Crown’s representative in a Treaty-based arrangement, presumably) is nominated through an Expressions of Interest process, the other is selected in consultation with regional iwi and Māori.
Chairs will be appointed for up to three years.
This initiative seems to be fortifying the influence of central planning in the labour market.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website says Regional Skills Leadership Groups were formed a year ago to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities.
“They are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country.”
Sepuloni says appointing the co-chairs is the first step in establishing permanent RSLGs and developing Regional Workforce Plans.
These plans will explore the labour supply and demand trends for each region allowing us to better plan for, and address, future skills shortages, she says.
“The groups will focus on planning and addressing labour market issues in our regions, and once they are fully up and running will become a valuable resource for Government as we seek to accelerate our recovery from COVID-19.
“The RSLGs will identify what change is needed from regional and national stakeholders in order to achieve a high-skill regional labour market.”
More information on RSLGs can be found here https://www.mbie.govt.nz/business-and-employment/employment-and-skills/regional-skills-leadership-groups/
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Co-chairs appointed to Regional Skills Leadership
Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced the co-chair appointments for the permanent Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLG).
Appointing the co-chairs is the first step in establishing permanent RSLGs and developing Regional Workforce Plans.
The process for standing up interim RSLGs was fast-tracked as a result of COVID-19 to support the recovery of labour markets.