Skilled Migrants Programme

2014 Skilled Migrant Programme participants

The next intake of the Skilled Migrant Programme at Victoria University begins 10 July 2017, with internships running from 28 August to 6 October.

If you would like to find out more or host an intern, call Bridget Clarke on 04 473 6699 or send us an email.

Programme details:  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.

2014 Skilled Migrant Programme participants graduation event

The most recent intake of the programme graduated in June, 2017. Congratulations!

We've been involved with the programme since 2007. Our role is to coordinate the internship element of the programme, interviewing and placing participants in six-week intern positions which allow them to gain vital workplace experience. 

Our involvement is highly satisfying. Approximately 80% of participants go onto permanent employment - sometimes with the organisations in which they complete their internship.  

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. Skilled migrants are an important part of addressing skill shortages, both now and in the future.

Learn more about the experiences of migrants and employers and hear about the benefits gained by everyone involved.   

The Hon Tariana Turia, Minister for Disability Issues, with Leigh Johnson (The Johnson Group), Nicky Riddiford (Victoria University of Wellington) and Professor Richard Prebble (Rotary Club of Wellington) at the 2014 graduation event.

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) at the 2014 graduation event.