NZDEN announces partnership with Ringa Hora Workforce Development Council

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In a landmark move towards fostering inclusivity and equality in the workforce, the New Zealand Disability Employment Network (NZDEN) has announced its strategic collaboration with Ringa Hora Services Workforce Development Council (WDC). This partnership is poised to drive meaningful change and advance disability inclusion across various sectors.

The partnership between NZDEN and Ringa Hora will encompass a multifaceted approach aimed at co-designing solutions with industry leaders, nurturing internal capabilities within Ringa Hora and industry partners, and fostering disability confidence throughout the broader workforce development council network.

One of the key initiatives under this partnership involves the co-designing of innovative solutions with tāngata whaikaha (disabled people) and industry stakeholders. By leveraging the expertise of both organisations, they aim to develop inclusive practices that remove barriers for disabled individuals and promote their active participation in the workforce.

Furthermore, NZDEN will play a pivotal role in supporting Ringa Hora's internal capability development, equipping them with the tools and knowledge necessary to foster a more inclusive environment. Through tailored workshops and training sessions, both organisations seek to cultivate a culture of disability confidence within Ringa Hora and across the Ohu Mahi workforce development council network.

The partnership will serve as a platform for the advancement of innovative ideas, including new learning opportunities for HR and DEI professionals.

Phil Turner, Chief Executive of NZDEN, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “We eagerly anticipate this alliance with Ringa Hora to bolster and champion the co-creation of disability inclusion and equality practices. By uniting industry, tertiary education, and the disabled community, we aspire to cultivate a more inclusive society where everyone can thrive.”

NZDEN's commitment to supporting Ringa Hora extends beyond capacity-building efforts. As part of the collaboration, Ringa Hora will benefit from NZDEN's Empowered tier membership, which includes executive briefings and Accessibility Tick assessments. Additionally, NZDEN will facilitate the integration the other five Ohu Ahumahi Workforce Development Councils (Toi Mai, Muka Tangata, Waihanga Ara Rau, Toitū te Waiora and Hanga-Aro-Rau) into the network at the Access tier level.

In further alignment with their shared goals, NZDEN will actively participate in the Ohu Ahumahi disability working/advisory group, offering valuable insights and expertise to support Ringa Hora in developing their tāngata whaikaha action plan.

With this transformative partnership, NZDEN and Ringa Hora are poised to catalyse positive change, driving forward the agenda for disability inclusion and equality in New Zealand's workforce. Through collaborative efforts and shared commitment, they aim to create a more inclusive and accessible environment where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

May 2024