Across Manawatū, talent and skills are essential to future competitiveness, productivity and wellbeing. Having a strong labour force with the required skills and experience is key to the success of our business community and economy. Businesses require access to skilled workers to operate and grow, simultaneously, individuals need skills and experience to secure jobs, progress their careers and grow their incomes.

Along with the rest of the country, Manawatū businesses have found it increasingly hard to find the skills required to successfully operate.

With border and immigration restrictions, the competition for existing migrants and domestic talent is becoming even more challenging. While the current COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the labour market, Manawatū, like all regions across New Zealand, needs to focus on developing, attracting and retaining talent. This requires a collective approach, bringing together partners and stakeholders to agree on priorities and implement actions to support a well-functioning regional labour market that delivers economic prosperity.

Check out our Infrastructure and Construction talent attraction marketing campaign, just one of many examples of how working as a collective can have significant impact.

Manawatū holds an established business ecosystem. National and global companies, startups, research institutes, educational organisations, defence forces and central and local government agencies. The region is in a strong position and there’s lots of opportunities here.

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