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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.

Summer of Tech

WREDA supports Summer of Tech (SoT) and recommends it to all employers of tech teams.

Summer of Tech (SoT) helps organisations to find top students and graduates from tertiaries across  New Zealand for summer internships.

SoT is industry led. The programme strives to help students to a high level of work readiness through a bootcamp programme which includes soft and technical skills. Candidates have skills in software and mobile development, software, network and electronic engineering, dev ops, user experience, security, business analysis, digital design, information management and more. They are motivated to learn and develop the skills you need, fast.

The internships are fulltime, paid roles and take place between November and February. It’s a great way to invest in the next generation of tech talent and a very strategic recruitment tool if you’re looking to build your team.

Summer of Biz

Building on the Summer of Tech programme, Summer of Biz (SoB) launched in 2017. Summer of Biz is led by industry professionals in Human Resources and Marketing.

Also supported by WREDA, SoB helps organisations to find a top student or graduate for a summer internship. Candidates have skills in marketing strategy, communications, digital marketing, social media, human resources, customer support, event management, organisational development, recruitment, and more.
SoB is offering students a bootcamp programme including both soft skills and topics related to the students’ field of study.

Again, the internships are full-time, paid roles and take place between November and February.

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.

For more information, email Cath Randall, Skills Development Manager on


There is no general funding assistance available to help employers take on graduates or student interns.

There are some instances where funding is available, if specific criteria is met:

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