Realising Kawerau’s potential through increased community wellbeing is a fundamental component of ISK’s philosophy.
The resilience, sustainability, growth and diversity of Kawerau’s industry base, an increasing workforce, and a rise in the average household incomes within the District are important contributors to the welfare of the general community.
Developing a skilled and capable workforce is central to an efficient business and the stability of the economic environment. ISK members recognise the importance of balancing commercial aspiration with a belief in the greater good and social values, and are taking a positive leadership role in the development of programmes that enable the full participation of the community in the workforce.
A 2017 Study undertaken by ISK and Toi EDA (the Eastern Bay Economic Development Agency) collated available information on the anticipated workforce demands from 2018 to 2022. The study highlighted the skills and availability gaps which needed to be addressed in order to meet the projected growth.
Programmes which actively connects to our local employers and industries,incorporates personal aspiration building and provides training and ongoing employment placement support have been commissioned and will be implemented over the period 2019 to 2021.