Upskill your Pacific workers and enable them to adapt to the changing nature of work.

Nearly 60 per cent of Auckland’s 99,300-strong Pacific workforce are in jobs more likely to be affected by automation and other technological change – as well as the economic impacts of COVID-19.  

Project Ikuna is a programme available to Auckland businesses who want to upskill their Pacific workers, enabling them to adapt to the changing nature of work and create a better employee experience. This is a government-funded initiative connecting Auckland employers with education providers to provide short, in-work training courses for Pacific people. 

Tātaki Auckland is offering fully-funded courses to Auckland employers in the following sectors who are looking to upskill their Pacific people:  

Are you an Auckland business employing a high proportion of Pacific Aucklanders in:

  • Retail

  • Hospitality

  • Tourism

  • Manufacturing and processing

  • Healthcare

  • Construction

  • Infrastructure

  • Transport and logistics


Register now to talk with our team or scroll down to see available courses and success stories

Have more questions? Get in touch with our Project Manager, Matt Stenton, at



We can tailor our existing training courses to meet your business needs. If you are interested in a topic that isn’t mentioned, we can work with you to create a course for your industry. Get in touch with our team.

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Future Ready: Money Confidence
  • Improve your people’s financial capability and wellbeing
  • Free, 16-hour in-work training course
  • Externally accredited
Future Ready: Life Online
  • Improve your people’s digital capability and confidence  
  • Free, 16-hour in-work training course
  • Externally accredited


Success Stories

Find out what Auckland employers and their people have gained from participating in the short, in-work, training courses Future Ready: Money Confidence and Future Ready: Life Online.



Benefits for business include increased productivity, a more skilled and future-ready workforce, and a positive impact on your people’s resilience, capability, confidence and wellbeing, leading to improved staff retention and engagement.

At the end of the course your people will gain external accreditation, as well as greater confidence and more skills in the specific course area.

Each course has a specific set of outcomes, such as financial management knowledge, including budgeting and goal-setting, or skills to navigate digital processes and tasks at work and in everyday life.

They are designed to support people in less skilled jobs to move into higher level jobs with their existing employers, or be better placed to pursue further training or other employment if their existing jobs end due to the changing nature of work or the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

No. Your investment is the time your participating employees will be away from their core roles while they do the course.

Courses generally run for two hours per week over eight weeks, but there is flexibility and your education provider will work with you to discuss what is best for your business. This includes finding solutions for your people on different shift patterns or working on-site.

Yes. This is open to all Auckland employers with a Pacific workforce in the following industries: manufacturing (including food and beverage), construction and infrastructure, healthcare and transport/logistics.

Priority will be given to these industries on the basis that they have a high proportion of Pacific workers and are important to Auckland’s economic recovery.

This is part of the government’s Auckland Pacific Skills Shift, targeted at the entrenched inequities affecting Pacific Aucklanders.

Pacific Aucklanders will make up a third of the region’s working-age population by 2050. Many are now employed in construction, health, manufacturing and warehousing/logistics. Young Pacific workers are over-represented in retail, hospitality and tourism sectors – the hardest hit by COVID-19 – and generally, Pacific Aucklanders are over-represented in less-skilled, lower-paid roles in critical industries, including industries on the frontline of managing the impacts of COVID-19.

We are working with employers and industries with large proportions of Pacific workers, and welcome all interest - you can still apply if you only have a small Pacific workforce.

While most participating employees are Pacific people, we have the flexibility to include other employees for this training. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, so talk to us.

You will receive a phone call from Auckland Unlimited or your education provider, so we can ask some questions about your workers, their learning needs and whether you meet the criteria.

If you do, we aim to confirm eligibility and match you up with an education provider within five working days. From there, you will work directly with the education provider on the details.

They are short courses resulting in externally accredited qualifications. They can work as a stepping stone to further training or study, or to progress to a higher level job, and incorporate digital literacy, problem-solving, teamwork and communications skills, learning to learn and exploring what is possible.

The training will be delivered by experienced training providers. If you have an existing relationship with a participating education provider, we can work with you to request their support as a priority client.

Yes. This is a four-year programme. We encourage you to register your interest so you can enter the programme when your organisation is ready.

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited is Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s economic and cultural agency, that works to enrich the economic and cultural life of the region and its people, creating opportunities and experiences for all.

It is an Auckland Council-controlled organisation that works to help Auckland businesses thrive, working with industry to ensure the region has the workforce and skills it needs for the future, as well as ensuring all Aucklanders have access to economic opportunities, including quality jobs.

Ready to upskill your Pacific people for the future of work?

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Step 1

Register now to start your application. 

Step 2

Our team will call you to identify and discuss your learning needs. 

Step 3

We will identify the right training course for your people and connect you with a skilled education provider to deliver the programme in your workplace. 

Have more questions? Get in touch.


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