Strengthening Pacific Partnerships Initiative
Through the New Zealand aid programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Labour (the Department) has been approved funding for five years from 1 October 2011, to extend RSE: Strengthening Partnerships Project which will now be called ‘Strengthening Pacific Partnerships.’
This extended RSE: SPP initiative will deliver capacity-building technical assistance to Pacific states which may include training, workshops and secondments to New Zealand for Government representative, community leaders and groups. The focus will be on information management, processes, knowledge, communication and marketing.
It will leverage skills gained by RSE workers, wider community and Pacific government officials to expand skill straining in Pacific states. There is scope to extend the horticultural skills of RSE workers and to enable other Pacific workers to gain horticultural skills through in-country, on and off-job training.
The initiative will also contribute to coordination of existing labour mobility activities by sending and receiving countries and other organisations, and share knowledge, identify and resolve issues relating to RSE and wider labour mobility (e.g. health, domestic labour requirements, social cohesion).