Regional focus for new immigration skill shortage lists

Aged care nurses, teachers and builders are among the occupations added to the updated skills shortage list, which has been regionalised.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said on Wednesday the lists were intended to build thriving and sustainable regions.

Under the Essential Skills in Demand programme, the Immediate Skills Shortage List had been changed to the Regional Skill Shortage Lists

Lees-Galloway made assurances that no occupations had been removed from the lists completely.

Lees-Galloway said the changes were the first step in the Government’s plan to streamline and regionalise the skills-based visa system.

It required industries that benefited to invest in and provide opportunities for Kiwi workers, he said.

The teacher shortage was addressed by the addition of early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers to all regions on the Regional Skill Shortage List.

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