Hawkes Bay RSLG Actions

Originator/Sponsor: HB RSLG

Portfolio Manager: Jackie Lynch

Status: Completed May 2023

Service Provider:  Skills Consulting Group

Collaborating partners: HB RSLG, Te Pūkenga, Muka Tangata, HB Fruit Growers Association, MBIE, ConCoVE

Primary Objective(s):

Completing a stocktake of regional pre-employment programmes, including their scope of delivery and outcomes
Developing and analysing national and international evidence to inform the establishment of a co-lab Hub
Conducting a national and international literature search on best practices in regional needs analysis


The research scope for this project was effectively defined by the first three actions in the Hawkes Bay RSLG regional workforce plan. These confirmed actions were the product of significant stakeholder engagement and consultation, and reflect the confirmed agreement and workforce priorities of the RSLG, supported by MBIE:

Undertake a current scope of pre-employment programmes available across the rohe
Lead the development of a co-lab Hub in collaboration with regional and national agencies, iwi, PSGEs, Taiwhenua organisations, providers, and employers to ensure consistency, collaboration and effectiveness of resources, funding and advice.
Source current local, national and international best practice resources and advice to enable a distinct regional needs analysis to be published annually.

Variations of these actions occur in a number of other RSLG workforce plans.   Now the project is complete, FFCoVE will ensure that the research methodology and findings are transparently shared, applicable, and actionable by other RSLGs, and for the benefit of the Food and Fibre Sector.


Pre-employment Programmes

The project completed a stocktake of Hawkes Bay Pre-employment Programmes, across Hawkes Bay (the link opens an Excel Pivot Table).  The project also produced a PDF report on recent Official Information Act responses from TEC on Gateway Fund Provision.

Co-lab Hubs

The Literature Review of Co-lab hubs showed that, in general, Hubs are viewed as a successful model for connecting job seekers, and young people to employers and do lead to career opportunities. New Zealand Hubs are also closely connected to their local communities and reflect the culture and needs of the people and employers within their rohe. While case studies and examples abound, we found few examples of formal evaluations of Hubs and their success factors. This being said, the popularity of Hubs as a model for placing people into work alongside the anecdotal evidence would indicate that Hubs are a successful model – broadly speaking as a co-ordinating mechanism to promote transparency and a ‘shared mission’ across multiple providers. These commonalities should be included in the development of the operating model of any new Hub to help ensure their successful implementation. These factors are a mixture of findings from our international and domestic review.

Regional Needs Analysis

The final output from the project is a review of Best Practice in Regional Needs Analysis. This report supplements Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment report Workforce Planning: an International Scan and provides an overview of workforce planning methodologies around the world, and the labour market interventions arising from them.

The above information was current as at 25 May 2023