The Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS) Committee has teamed up with Victoria University and Grow Wellington to introduce a new initiative that will see students gain onsite industry experience as part of their studies by interviewing the region’s top business minds.
As a result of the ‘strategic issues in employment and work’ survey, 65 students will be speaking with more than 100 businesses over the next eight weeks.
The findings will provide insights into economic and employment trends, strengths and weaknesses of the Wellington economy, challenges being faced by the business community, and current and future skill needs. The information will then be used by the WRS Committee to report on issues facing the region’s business community.
“This is a fantastic initiative because it allows us as a region to understand the needs and challenges of businesses in our region and then seek solutions that hold some of our companies from reaching their full potential,” says WRS Committee Chair Sir John Anderson.
“At the same time students at Victoria University are being exposed to some of the top business minds in the region, which not only gives them a real insight into the business world, but can also open up all sorts of doors including internships and employment opportunities,” he adds.
Grow Wellington’s general manager of Innovation and Workforce Adrian Gregory says the survey aims to get beyond broad statistics and provide better understanding of the factors that encourage creative businesses to develop, locate and grow in this region.
“The findings will support Grow Wellington’s review of sectors’ skills needs and give us the basis for some really focused projects that will help meet those needs,” says Gregory.
The committee is expected to be able to report on the first phase of data in November this year.