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Workforce pathways

Wellington is full of smart and talented people. With the most highly educated workforce in New Zealand, and thousands more potential smart employees graduating from tertiary institutes around the country each year, there are plenty of opportunities for your business to find fresh talent.

Thousands of graduates are coming out of New Zealand tertiaries each year, keen to get a foothold in the workforce and contribute to local businesses.

Taking on students and graduates:

  • helps your organisation to develop a steady and reliable talent pipeline for your organisation
  • builds your reputation as a graduate friendly employer that will bring talent to you
  • is a way for you to offer work experience to graduates when you may not be in a position to make a permanent hire
  • provides an opportunity for your current staff to mentor, train and develop new talent
  • gives you access to fresh perspectives, news ideas and modern academic theory
  • improves connections with tertiary organisations
  • is a great way to improve business capability in the Wellington Region and to invest in the next generation.

Intern Quest

If you are thinking about taking on a student or an intern for the first time, Intern Quest is a useful 'how to guide'. As well as a step by step process, it includes helpful advice, tips, downloadable forms and employer stories.

Internship programmes

The Summer of Tech and Summer of Biz internship programmes make it easy for employers to access new talent coming through for summer internships and other roles. Both internships programmes are employer led, and the organisation is a NFP. WREDA supports both programmes and encourages employers to use them to help build a talent pipeline.

sot 1Summer of Tech connects employers to top students and graduates from tertiaries across New Zealand for summer internships for all tech related roles.


sob 1Summer of Biz specialises in roles in HR and Marketing including marketing strategies, communications, digital marketing, social media, human resources, customer support, event management, organisational development and recruitment. 

Tertiary projects

There are also opportunities to work with tertiary students where their study requires them to work on an industry project. This is a type of work integrated learning. It's a good way for an employer to connect with a local tertiary, get to know students and have a project or some research completed.

The students may work individually or in groups and hours spent on the project varies according to the course. Industry projects should note be mission critical but rather 'nice to have'. As the students are working for credit and concurrently completing an academic requirement, payment is not usually expected.

For more information email Cath Randall, Skills Development Manager on [email protected]

WREDA Talent team

The WREDA Talent team can help connect businesses with talented students and graduates by:

  • helping you to identify areas and projects where students and graduates may be the best option to help for your business requirements
  • connecting you to appropriate programmes
  • discussing with you what to do to get the best from your student or graduate experience
  • sharing with you opportunities to work with students on your projects within their coursework.


Currently, there is no general funding assistance available to help employers take on graduates or student interns. However there are some instances where funding is available, if specific criteria is met:

vicuni2Victoria University Summer Research scholarships - A limited number of scholarships are available annually for students. Businesses may apply to Victoria University with a research based project. The scholarships are jointly funded by the business and the university.

CICallaghan Innovation R&D internships - These student grants are designed to support both students and New Zealand businesses carrying out Research & Development. Follow the link for criteria and more info.

For more information on work pathways, internships, funding and work integrated learning opportunities, email Cath Randall, Skills Development Manager on [email protected]