Workforce Development Councils (WDCs)

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs)

Last updated 21 October 2021
Last updated 21 October 2021

Six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) were established on 4 October 2021 through the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). The role of the WDCs is to ensure the vocational education system meets industry needs and gives a stronger voice to Māori business and iwi development. WDCs will set standards, develop qualifications and help shape the curriculum of vocational education. Success for WDCs will mean employers - including Māori business owners - are confident that vocational education graduates are ready for work and that the future skills needs of their industry will be addressed by the vocational education system. 

The WDCs are:

Ohu Mahi is the overarching brand for all six WDCs. The Ohu Mahi website provides information on each WDC and the industries they represent.

Find out more at Ohu Mahi

 

Waihanga Ara Rau (Construction and Infrastructure) Workforce Development Council represents industries including Construction, Concrete, Plumbing, Infrastructure, Water, Gas, Electricity, Telecommunication and Roading.

Find out more at Waihanga

 

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council represents industries including Creative, Technology, Entertainment, Hairdressing and Barbering, Makeup Artistry, Skincare, Journalism, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Gambling, and Sports & Recreation.

Find out more at Toi Mai

 

Toitū te Waiora  (Community, Health, Education, and Social Services) Workforce Development Council represents industries including Care Services, Disability Services, Education and Education Support Services, Funeral Services, Health Services, Public Order Safety, Regulatory Services, Skin and Nail Therapy Services, Social Services, and Urban Pest Control. 

Find out more at Toitū te Waiora 

 

Hanga-Aro-Rau (Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics) Workforce Development Council represents industries including Manufacturing, Processing, Extractives and Drilling, Transport, Postal, and Warehousing.

Find out more at Hanga Aro Rau

 

Muka Tangata (People, Food and Fibre) Workforce Development Council represents industries including Dairy, Sheep and Beef, other livestock, Arable, Horticulture, Fishing, Seafood Processing, Winemaking, Aquaculture, Livestock farming, Sports Turf Management, Silviculture & Harvesting.

Find out more at Muka Tangata

 

Ringa Hora (Services) Workforce Development Council represents industries including Advisory Services, Aviation, Cleaning Services, Business Services, Contact Centres, Financial Services, Hospitality, Local Government, Real Estate, Retail, Security Services, State Sector, and Tourism and Travel

Find out more at Ringa Hora