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International students ready for work in Wellington

1 Jun 2016

A new programme to prepare international students for working in New Zealand workplaces has proved valuable to the first Wellington cohort.

Work Readiness Programme
Tutor Ruth McDavitt, of Summer of Tech internship programme, advising Anru Zhou on job applications.

The course, called Work Ready in Wellington, is one component of the comprehensive Wellington International Student Growth Programme launched earlier this year. The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency operates the programme in partnership with Education New Zealand and a consortium of regional educational institutions and providers.

Over 70 students attended the pilot course, which finished last night.

The course was run over four evenings and covered New Zealand work culture, workplace communication, job search strategies, job interview techniques and CV and cover letter style in New Zealand. Tutors from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Summer of Tech and Victoria University led the sessions.

Chris Whelan, Chief Executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, said the course was the first activity in the programme to improve the pathways and conversion to employment for students.

“Research shows employment opportunities are an important factor for students deciding which country to study in. We are offering this course to remove some of the barriers international students face when looking for work experience while they are studying in Wellington and once they graduate.”

“International students not only bring economic and social benefit to the region, they can play a part in helping us to plug workforce gaps. Their knowledge of their home countries can also be a great resource for our local exporters.”

Karen Zhou, currently studying Management at Weltec, said the Work Ready in Wellington programme had provided her with job searching and social networking skills in a fun atmosphere.

“The tutors and staff were very friendly and helpful. This has been a great opportunity to learn and grow.”

The course will run again in October and is open to international students studying at Wellington tertiary institutions.

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