Research and key projects

Albert Einstein said, 'If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research!' We're constantly trying to keep our finger on the pulse and scanning for trends and data that may impact our workforce. Here you'll find a bunch of  relevant research, as well as updates and information on some of the key projects we're working on. 

Key projects

To rise by lifting others

To rise by lifting others: Hāpaitia te tāngata, hāpaitia te iwi is a co-design project that will engage stakeholders to produce a national CCRT Workforce Strategy and a set of COVID-responsive Action Plans for the CCRT sectors. By getting involved, you can influence the shaping of a national strategy to address our future workforce and industry needs.

Visit the project website

Reform of Vocational Education

Skills Active is an active voice in the reform of vocational education. We are excited about the big opportunities contained in the reform, to expand and strengthen vocational training services for our industries.

Find out more

Targeted Review of Qualifications

The Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ) was established by the Government (through NZQA) to focus on reducing the duplication and proliferation of Level 1-6 qualifications. 

Contact the Qualification Review Team for more information




The Skills Active Workforce Scan is our periodic research document on New Zealand's sport, recreation and performing arts industries and the workforce that drives them. Click on the chapters to read about your industry. 

2020 Workforce Scan

Exercise Industry Scan 2020

Performing Arts Industry Scan 2020

Outdoor Recreation Industry Scan 2020

Sport, Community Recreation and Aquatics Industry Scan 2020

2018 Workforce Scan

Full Workforce Scan 2018

Exercise Industry Scan 2018

Performing Arts Industry Scan 2018

Outdoor Recreation Industry Scan 2018

Sport, Community Recreation and Aquatics Industry Scan 2018

Dive Industry Scan 2018

Snowsport Industry Scan 2018





At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report - 2017

The At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report outlines the size and value of New Zealand's service industries, including sport and recreation, health, aged care, social services, retail, hospitality, hair and beauty, and more - represented by Skills Active and its fellow ITOs Careerforce, HITO and ServiceIQ.

At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report


Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026 - 2013

BERL Economics reports on the current size and make-up of New Zealand’s sport and recreation sector workforce, as well as its future outlook through to 2026. This report was commissioned by Sport NZ in collaboration with Skills Active and New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA).

Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026



This Workforce Planning Framework outlines how Sport New Zealand, the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Skills Active will work with sport and recreation partners to make research and information available; provide advice, support, guidelines and resources; and raise awareness and promote workforce planning practices. 

 Workforce Planning Framework 2014