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) highlighted the skills and availability gaps which needed to be addressed in order to meet the projected growth.
Growth stimulated by successful applications to the Provincial Growth Fund, Government’s Social Procurement Policy and NZ Border restrictions are now driving workforce demand and highlighting the need for skill workers within the District.
Programmes which actively connect to our local employers and industries, incorporates personal aspiration building and provides training and ongoing employment placement support were commissioned in 2019 and are now being implemented by ISK’s Workforce Development team KPtW (Kawerau Pathways to Work).