Some skilled migrants and refugees find it difficult to secure stable, ongoing employment due to the fact that they often don’t understand the differences between employer expectations and workplace culture in New Zealand and those of their country of origin. Our Employment Programme Team supports both prospective employees and employers to overcome these barriers.
We can assist your business to fill vacancies from our pool of talent. Our job seekers are highly motivated and reliable individuals with a variety of different professional backgrounds. All our job seekers have the legal right to work in New Zealand.
Who are our clients and job seekers?
- Former refugees
- Skilled migrants
- Unskilled migrants
Why you should hire our job seekers
- Our job-seekers speak English as a second language and bring a multicultural dimension to your workplace
- Our job seekers possess a strong work ethic having managed challenging life circumstances
- Our job seekers are resilient and bring enthusiasm and motivation to succeed in their new country – New Zealand
- We offer on-going support to the employer and employee after a job placement
- All our job seekers have permanent residency and the legal right to work in New Zealand
Offering work experience
Students in our English for Work training course in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Porirua go on two-week work experience placements, part- or full-time, in semi-skilled or unskilled jobs.
The course teaches students how to communicate in English in the workplace, how to read and understand the written language used in many workplaces, how to get on well with their workmates and how to meet the expectations of New Zealand employers.
A fixed-term voluntary placement in a local business can provide them with valuable insights into what it is like to work in New Zealand while performing a useful short-term role in the business.
As a placement employer, the teacher will visit you to explain the programme, to become familiar with the kind of work the student will do and to ask about any words, especially instructional language, that the student should learn and any procedures the student should know about, before starting the placement.
When your volunteer has been selected, the teacher will bring him/her to meet you before the placement starts. We will provide support every step of the way.
There is no obligation for you to employ them after the placement (although some employers have done so, because their volunteer has demonstrated that he/she can add considerable value to the business).
At the end of the placement, you will be asked to provide some feedback that will help the teacher and the student to understand what the student may need to work on to improve their chances of getting a job.