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Three more regions now benefiting from TEC’s Work Connect Programme

More than 200 skilled migrants and international student graduates have benefited from Work Connect – now the programme is available in other main centres.


Work Connect, the programme to help skilled migrants adapt to the New Zealand job market, has been extended to Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch after a successful Auckland pilot. 

National Manager Migrant Futures, Gary Basham, says Work Connect helps skilled migrants (and their partners) and international student graduates with the skills New Zealand needs to prepare for the New Zealand workforce.

“We hear from clients all the time about their challenges in understanding how the Kiwi job market works and how to get a job here.

“Work Connect helps skilled migrants to prepare for the workforce so they can use the experience and qualifications they have brought to New Zealand,” says Gary.

Work Connect is free of charge to eligible skilled migrants and includes 10 hours of job search coaching and employment mentoring. The programme includes personalised one-to-one coaching, help with refining a CV and cover letter matched to the roles applied for, help finding jobs and understanding how to communicate with employers, and how to be successful at interviews.

In the last year more than 200 migrants benefited from the Auckland pilot.

“Auckland was a very successful pilot therefore the support was there to take it to Wellington, Hamilton, and Christchurch,” says Gary.

“The key thing to grow the programme is to get more employers involved.

“If you’re an employer of skilled migrants, there may be partners or family members struggling to find work as well who may benefit from Work Connect.

“Our aim is to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of skilled migrants so they can adapt to the Kiwi job market and find a role that suits their needs.”

Joanne's new-found confidence and preparation lands her a role

Joanne is the partner of a skilled migrant and is another Work Connect client success story. Originally from China, Joanne had been in New Zealand for two months and held a Bachelor of Purchase and Supply Chain Management degree.

Although she has a very positive and professional attitude, Joanne lacked confidence with speaking English in New Zealand. She remained very nervous and naturally reserved.

Through the Work Connect programme, a consultant helped strengthen her CV and cover letter and provided one-to-one coaching around how to communicate and be comfortable with talking at a business professional level. Joanne also practised interview role-playing.

Consultants also supported her to research organisations and people to approach who might have the right kind of job available. The practice sessions continued to build her confidence and Joanne ended up talking to five companies she was interested in working for. This eventually led to her gaining a job in procurement with one of them.

To find out more  

If you are a skilled migrant or an employer of New Zealand migrants and the Work Connect programme sounds like something you would be interested in, we would love to hear from you. Eligibility criteria applies.

Visit or call 0800 222 733.

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