“The coal miner’s coder”

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For the Grey District and West Coast it might look like this:

  1. Identify and work with local businesses that need employees with technology skills. We have these already, with some employers already experiencing significant ecommerce revenue growth.
  2. Teach local people technology and digital skills. Tai Poutini Polytechnic and new digital programmes on offer have moved quickly to support this approach.
  3. Support businesses and people to make the role and job happen. This would require funding either by local government, economic development agents or central government, or a combination of these.

Best practice: to reduce the risk and cost of this process as well as accelerate its outcomes consider specific encouragement for businesses in growing sectors, i.e. digital technology use in the tourism sector.

This approach would align with the Action Plan for the region; the desires of local business groups as well as guide education and job creation – that both need to move together.

It’s not complicated but it does require that different organisations support each other. Its also very clear that one organisation alone cannot complete this type of economic development. Leadership is collaboration; leadership matters!