Demographic forecasts for the next 20 years show that the most growth in the working-age population is expected to come from Māori, Pasifika, and Asian ethnic groups, (please refer to graph above).
Increasing ethnic diversity will give the sector a wider range of potential talent to choose from, make use of the diversity of skills different people can offer, and ensure the workforce reflects the customers we serve and the communities we work in.
Current ethnicity data for Architectural Aluminium Joinery apprentices show that 68% are European/Pakeha, 13% are Māori, 8% are Pasifika, 6% are Asian and 5% are from ‘other’ ethnic backgrounds.
A specific workforce development plan for Māori is being developed currently with workforce development plans for Pasifika and Asian ethnic groups to follow in the near future. This is a direct response to the need to attract more workers from these ethnic groups in order to meet future industry workforce demands.
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