Agreement focuses on shared objectives

29 June 2018

Agreement focuses on shared objectives

A Northland School of Business and Talent Management Office supporting work experience opportunities and employment outcomes are just two of the initiatives Northland Inc and NorthTec will work on under a bilateral agreement signed yesterday.

The Statement of Shared Objectives between Northland’s leading tertiary provider and the region’s economic development agency was signed at NorthTec by Northland Inc Chief Executive Officer David Wilson, NorthTec Chief Executive Mark Ewen, outgoing Northland Inc Board Chair Karleen Everitt, and NorthTec Council Deputy Chair Jane Hindle.

The agreement centres on opportunities for Northland Inc and NorthTec to work together to improve education, business capability and employment opportunities across Northland, and strengthen relationships with industry, Māori and other key stakeholders.

Increasing skills and capability in Northland through fit-for-purpose education and training, and building strong relationships, are enabler projects on the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan.

“Yesterday’s signing signals the start of a closer working relationship between Northland Inc and NorthTec and will bring together economic development plans with education and skills development,” said Dr Wilson.

“Economic development and talent development are totally interdependent; one cannot work without the other. NorthTec will play a critical role in the development of Northland talent to fill jobs in the region,” he said.

Dr Ewen said the shared objectives in the agreement, including several in the area of business development, would be more easily reached through collaboration and working together cohesively.

“Both NorthTec and Northland Inc want to see Tai Tokerau grow and develop, for the benefit of all of us who live and work here,” he said.

The Northland School of Business, supported by both parties, would provide a centre of excellence offering relevant qualifications to learners in Tai Tokerau and create the potential for further relationships regionwide.

The Statement of Shared Objectives between Northland Inc and NorthTec will expire on December 31, 2020.

NorthTec is Northland’s only regionally-based Tertiary Education Institute and the leading provider of tertiary education in the region. Northland Inc is Northland’s economic development agency, encompassing the Regional Tourism Organisation and central government’s Regional Business Partner (RBP) network.

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