Breaking News - Skilled Migrant Programme hit by funding changes
Changes to the way the Skilled Migrant Programme is funded have forced the cancellation of the first course for this year, but we’re hopeful that the second course will go ahead as usual in July.
Watch this space for updates.
The Johnson Group is one of three partners involved with the innovative and extremely successful Skilled Migrant Programme, run by Victoria University.
We work closely with Victoria and Rotary Wellington to help skilled migrants who are unemployed – or underemployed – find their feet in the New Zealand job market.
The 12-week programme, which has two intakes a year, helps participants develop the communication skills and gain the workplace experience they need to find jobs that reflect their qualifications.
We’ve been involved with the programme since 2007. We now manage the internship element of the programme, interviewing and placing participants in six-week intern positions which allow them to gain vital workplace experience.
Being involved in the programme has been tremendously satisfying. Approximately 80% of participants go onto permanent employment – sometimes with the organisations they interned for.
Being involved in the Skilled Migrant Programme also makes sense for us. As recruiters, The Johnson Group is aware of the labour issues surrounding New Zealand’s workforce; we see skilled migrants as an important part of addressing skill shortages, both now and in the future.
During 2012 we spent some time with these migrants after their internships to learn more about their experiences and talk about what the programme has done for them.
The Hon Tariana Turia, Minister for Disability Issues, with Leigh Johnson (The Johnson Group), Nicky Riddiford (Victoria University of Wellington)and Professor John Prebble (Rotary Club of Wellington)
The most recent intake of the programme graduated in October, 2012.