About the Working Capital project

The Working Capital project is designed to highlight labour market issues and influence change in the quality and supply of the Wellington region's work force.

The Working Capital project is designed to highlight labour market issues and influence change in the quality and supply of the Wellington region's work force.

The project is focused on identifying and implementing solutions to:

  • Skills shortages
  • Experience gaps: many businesses have expressed concern that graduates, migrants and other job candidates lack relevant experience.
  • Complexities related to migration: experienced by businesses wanting to employ skilled migrants, and skilled migrants considering moving to the Wellington region.

Working Capital has been developed by Victoria University, Grow Wellington and the Wellington Regional Strategy.

It is a partnership between tertiary education, local government and businesses with the aim of attracting, growing and retaining talent that is vital for emerging work opportunities in the region.

Business involvement

Working Capital is focused on producing practical outcomes with relevance to businesses across the Wellington region, and industry input is essential. Get involved by registering interest in the project, which will ensure:

  • Invitations to participate in forums and surveys
  • Research updates
  • A voice in the ongoing development of relevant Victoria University programmes
  • Invitations to participate in internship and graduate development programmes.

Council and community involvement

The Wellington Regional Strategy (WRS) is a sustainable economic growth strategy developed collectively by the region's nine local authorities in collaboration with central government and the business, education, research and voluntary sectors.

Grow Wellington is the economic development agency charged with the task of implementing the economic initiatives of the WRS.

The WRS office and GROW Wellington are working in partnership with central government to address skills attraction and migrant settlement issues in the region.

Community members, along with local and central government representatives, are invited to register their interest and get involved with the Working Capital project.

Tertiary education involvement

A key outcome of the Working Capital project will be to strengthen links between businesses and tertiary/training institutions.

Industry forums and networking events will ensure issues relating to appropriate skills development and graduate experience are addressed, and representatives from all tertiary and training institutions are invited to register their interest and get involved.