Photo: Michael Hall ©Te Papa

Careerforce Workforce Development Conference

Te Papa, Wellington
2nd to 3rd

Transform your workforce. Prepare for your future.

The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference (CWDC) offers insights, experience and opinion from leading health, wellness and social service workforce leaders from both New Zealand and around the world. This conference will provide tools and information useful to anyone responsible for a workforce in the health, wellness, and social service sectors. It will cover international developments, high-level reporting from central government, and news from the training and qualification areas.

Gain the skills and tools you need to improve your workforce now and into the future.

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Keynote Speakers

Rod Cooke

Rod Cooke


Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, Australia

Hear about the Australian Experience and the changes that lie ahead in the Community Services and Health Industry workforces. Rod will be asking “What is likely impact on New Zealand workforce?”

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John Rogers

John Rogers


Skills for Health, UK

John will discuss Workforce planning; Developing non-registered staff and a more flexible workforce. He’ll present findings and opportunities from a review of the UK National Health Service (NHS).

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Mairi-Anne MacDonald

Mairi-Anne MacDonald

Director of Sector Development

Scottish Social Services Council, Scotland

Mairi-Anne will discuss the ways in which the Scottish Social Services Council are building a safe, skilled, confident and flexible social service workforce and share with us what insights were learned along the way.

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Register now to experience international and national experts on workforce development from around the world.

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Agenda / Programme

Day One


Registration opens


Welcome / Mihi


Opening address
Hon Louise Upston: Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment


Mairi-Anne MacDonald: Scottish Social Services Council – Building a safe, skilled, confident and flexible social service workforce


Morning Tea


Murray Johnson: TEC - Building a New TEC


Dr Karen Poutasi: NZQA - The Future State


Phil Walker: Children's Action Plan. An update on the progress of the plan and its interaction with sector workforces




Breakout Session One
i. Mairi-Anne MacDonald: Scotland's Social Services - How some of the lessons the Scottish Social Security Council could be applied in NZ
ii. Steve Hunn: PMANZ/ Ben Parker : Careerforce - Urban Pest Management


Breakout Session Two
i. Shane Murdoch: SSPA - Training, Changing and Children. Child safety and workforce development, and the changes on the way for the social services sector
ii. Melany-Jayne Davies: Careerforce – Introducing Careerforce’s Vocational Pathways project


Afternoon Tea


Donna McGarvey: DHB Shared Services - How introducing qualifications changed a workforce
Access Homehealth - The highs and lows of transforming your workforce


Geoff Keith: Ministry of Education. The Youth Guarantee initiative. What prompted the development of the initiative, and how and where will it interact between school and workplaces?


Day one wrap up


Te Papa Tour (optional)


Drinks and dinner

Day Two


Registration opens




Rod Cooke: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council – The Australian Experience. There are changes ahead in the community services and health industry workforces in Australia - what is the likely impact on New Zealand?


Morning Tea


John Rogers: Skills for Health – Developing non-registered staff and a more flexible workforce, and the review of the UK's National Health System - what was found, what will change, and what can be learned


Careerforce Senior Management Team (Gill Genet, Sue Roberts and Andrew Saunders)




Breakout Session Three
i. Rod Cooke: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council
ii. Lillian Small: BSC New Zealand/ Penny Barrett:Careerforce
iii. Jane von Dadelszen: NZQA


Breakout Session Four
i. John Rogers: Skills for Health, UK
ii. Cathy Cooney: Update on the Kaiāwhina Plan and the Director-General Reference Group
iii. Dr Nicky Murray: Careerforce – ‘So what’? How training transfers to better job performance and work outcomes.


Afternoon Tea


Peter Wilberfoss: Geneva Healthcare - The Geneva online training platform launched on September 1, catering to Level 1 and 2 qualifications. What worked, what didn’t and what’s next?


Ray Lind: Careerforce - The Apprenticeship Initiative and Career Pathways


Day two wrap up


Conference closes


Te Papa, Wellington
2nd to 3rd

Photo: Norm Heke ©Te Papa

Te Papa

The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s iconic national museum located in the heart of Wellington’s beautiful waterfront.  The six level museum is also a unique conference and functions venue that combines serious business with outstanding hospitality. To see what’s on at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa during the Conference, visit their official website.


"Both days were very informative, well organised with a high calibre of speakers that made the content focused and interesting"

Gerrie Poelsma

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

"Great networking opportunity and valuable information regarding the future directions and challenges for the industry"

Deborah Marshall

Marshall Systems Ltd

"A highlight for me was the high level of presenters and their honest, down to earth approach; Also, the opportunity to meet and network with other people from the sector"

Amanda Newton

District Health Boards Shared Services (DHBSS)

"Testimonials from the Careerforce Workforce Development Conference 2014"

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