Southland is one of seven regions across New Zealand to deliver the Regional Newcomers Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance programme.
The two-year contract, which is being delivered by Venture Southland, is part of an overarching migrant settlement and integration strategy designed by Immigration New Zealand to help migrants make Southland their home, participate fully in the community and contribute to all aspects of New Zealand life.
The programme aims to identify and match job-seeking migrants with employers who are seeking staff in roles that cannot currently be filled by New Zealanders.
To achieve this, the programme develops and maintains strong and credible relationships with a range of industry, government and community representatives.
A major component of the programme is helping migrants to become 'work-ready'. This is achieved by assisting with the preparation of CVs and covering letters and delivering workshops on interview tips and techniques.
Alongside working with newcomers to the region, the programme also takes a proactive approach in working with employers to help them embrace diversity and develop cultural awareness of the staff they employ.
Retaining newcomers in the region, and helping them to transition to working life is essential to countering Southland's projected workforce shortage and contributing to a diverse and vibrant Southland region.