In late March this year we held our first hui on Digital Skills, a fantastic event which has shaped the work of the forum since. You can read more about the hui here.

This Digital Skills Forum post-event briefing paper provides insights from the Digital Skills Hui held in Wellington in March 2019. It includes the workshop findings and key observations from a full day of panel discussions, lightning talks, and interactive workshops looking to address digital skills issues.

Digital Skills Hui – Post Event Briefing Paper

Numerous ideas and a vast amount of feedback was captured during the Hui. All of the information has been collated and will help inform recommendations to support policy work. The Digital Skills Hui – Post Event Briefing Paper includes a summary of recommendations from hui delegates and next steps (as summarised below).


Tripartite Future of Work Forum

In May, Victoria MacLennan and Kim Connolly-Stone (the co-chairs of the Hui) presented to the Tripartite Future of Work Ministers Forum, at the invitation of Minister Grant Robertson. Ministers, including the Prime Minister, were provided with an overview of the outcomes of the Hui and some high level recommendations. The discussion following the presentation broadened the Digital Skills Forum’s focus to include further investigation into apprenticeships for digital roles and whether there is a model we could apply.

The Digital Skills Forum has been invited back to the same meeting in November where the findings of a report into internship activity and a view on apprenticeships for digital roles will be presented.


Next Steps

The Skills Forum is continuing to review the recommendations from Hui participants, incorporating these into advice for our vast range of stakeholders.

The next deliverable to be released by the Digital Skills Forum will be a report on internships including recommendations on this pathway into the workforce, strengthened by the information gathered via the Hui workshops.

The Digital Skills Forum has also recently revisited its Charter and is in the process of augmenting both government agency and industry membership to reflect the broader interest that the Future of Work Tripartite Forum and others have in our work.

We really value your feedback so please feel free to comment on this blog with your insight, suggestions and feedback on the work or recommendations of the hui.

Victoria MacLennan on behalf of the Digital Skills Forum


The Digital Skills Forum is a cross Industry and Government initiative designed to bring focus to the critical issue of Digital skills required for Aotearoa’s future in a collaborative framework.