Regional Skills Leadership Group co-chairs - EOI

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

  • Fixed Term
  • Multiple Location Options

Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) are independent advisory bodies. RSLGs identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities.

Co-chairs to lead the 15 regional bodies are currently being sought. Each RSLG will have co-chairs, one of who will represent iwi Māori of a given region.

The RSLGs are regionally based and regionally led, and are supported by a team of data analysts, advisors and workforce specialists at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

RSLGs are part of the Government's joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our welfare, education and immigration systems working together to better meet labour force needs across the country.

The regions are:

  • Tai Tokerau
  • Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Tairāwhiti
  • Hawke's Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatū–Whanganui
  • Wellington
  • Marlborough
  • Nelson Tasman
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Otago
  • Murihiku

The establishment of the RSLGs was accelerated in response to COVID-19. Interim RSLGs have been operational since June 2020, providing regional insights into the impact of COVID-19, and the Government's response, on local labour markets.

The RSLGs will develop Regional Workforce Plans (RWPs). RWPs will highlight labour supply and demand trends for the region, and identify where change is needed from regional and national actors to achieve a high-skill regional labour market. They will set out the labour market aspirations for the region over the short, medium, and longer term, and outline how that desired future state can be achieved.

Each RSLG will have up to 10 members (excluding co-chairs) who contribute their knowledge and local expertise, made up of those from the supply and demand sides of the labour market, iwi Māori, local and central government.

The Minister for Social Development and Employment is now looking to appoint co-chairs to lead the RSLGs after the end of the interim period. Successful candidates, who will be appointed by Cabinet, are experienced leaders and will ideally have a mix of the following skills and experience:

  • experience chairing diverse groups that have preferably delivered on specific government or Ministerial expectations
  • an understanding of the distinct interests of iwi/hapū and Māori in the region
  • a record of sound judgement and integrity
  • the ability to take a region-wide view and demonstrate a good understanding of regional labour market skills, training and employment needs
  • the ability to operate at a strategic level, and in a collaborative manner
  • effective stakeholder engagement experience, including relationships with industry groups, employers, iwi/hapū, community and local authorities
  • evidence of strong regional connections across economic and social sectors
  • the ability to consider inter-regional relationships
  • in-depth knowledge of certain aspects of the regional labour market.

In the initial appointment round, each RSLG will have one co-chair who will be appointed for two years and one for three years, to smooth out the quantum of change in any one year. Subsequent appointments will be for three years.

RSLGs will meet approximately once per month over a 12 month period. Meetings may be in person, virtual, or a combination. It is anticipated that co-chairs will commit approximately 16 hours per month to the RSLG. This may fluctuate from month to month and is likely to be higher during the period of delivering the first RWPs in 2022. Fees for the co-chairs have been set at NZ$575 per day. More information is available in the Terms of Reference.

More information about RSLGs is available of the website:

Candidates wishing to apply should click here and submit a copy of their CV and cover letter and complete a short questionnaire. Please refer to the attached position description for more information about the role.

For enquiries about the co-chair positions, please email


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