Employment and Career Support Projects
Global Talent Internship Programme
Global Talent is an internship programme, providing former refugees and migrants with practical work experience and local referees through 1-3 months internship placements. The programme supports participants to build networks and experience to connect them with job opportunities. The programme also educates employers about the business case for employing people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Step into your future & entering the Kiwi Workforce
We can offer job preparation workshops for former refugees and migrants designed to help them get familiarised with NZ employment. The programme consists of four half-day sessions incorporating writing a professional CV and cover letter, job interviews, workplace communication, NZ working style and Kiwi culture. We are currently developing additional services that offer longer-term support where we can work alongside you to develop a career plan, identify the resources you need to activate that plan (such as skills you have or need and networks to build) and identify strategies to maintain motivation and persistence – working alongside you on your employment and career journey.
Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Project
HOST works with employers in several cities across Aotearoa New Zealand to foster better inclusion of refugee and migrant background jobseekers through training, advisory and bridge building activities such as Meet the Talent that bring together employers and refugee jobseekers. HOST can also provide guidance and coaching to work alongside community members with business start-ups.
Community Refugee Sponsorship Programme
The Community Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) category is additional and complementary to the Refugee Quota programme and Refugee Family Support category.
It is a category where New Zealand-based approved community organisations apply to partner with refugees to support their settlement in the community.
Sponsored refugees are resettled directly into the community with the support of approved community organisations.
The approved community organisations provide the support needed for these refugees over a two-year period, informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supported by HOST as the umbrella organisation for the programme.
Former Refugee, Asylum Seeker, and Migrant Voices
HOST works closely with stakeholders across many different sectors. The team participates in network meetings, engages with sector partners, employers, and others to elevate former refugee and migrant voices. HOST contributes to Government consultations, sector forums and takes other opportunities to draw attention to systemic barriers and offer strategies for change, influence debate and ensure refugee communities are included in decision-making.
HOST is represented at the Wellington Region Ethnic Communities Employment Sector Network and is a member of The Refugee Alliance and Te Ohu Whakawhānaunga.
We are proud supporter and work closely with our partner Voice of Aroha to promote the views and contributions of former refugee youth and to promote diversity and inclusion in Aotearoa.
We also work closely with employers and industry to break down barriers to employment and deliver many of our programmes collaboratively. For Meet the Talent we partnered with Victoria University in Wellington, Te Pūkenga, Voice of Aroha, SEEK New Zealand, Xero and the Ministry for Primary Industries to name a few.
We are also collaborating with Savvy Up on a leadership programme for young women from refugee backgrounds, which was successfully launched in 2022.
Keen to collaborate? Please contact the National Program Manager.
Our Supporters and Partners
Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.
HOST International Aotearoa works closely with sector partners, Government departments, ethnic communities, and wider communities across Aotearoa and globally.
We could not do this work alone and are grateful to all our partners and supporters.