New to New Zealand? Looking for work? The Skilled Newcomers Programme offers free personalised job-search and skills-matching support for eligible job seekers.

If you are a skilled migrant or international student looking to connect with employers in the Wellington region, then the Skilled Newcomers Programme is for you.

The Skilled Newcomers Programme is a free service for eligible job seekers and offers job-search support, advice, and connections to employers for eligible job seekers in New Zealand.



To join the Skilled Newcomers Programme, you must be either:

  • A Skilled Migrant or a partner or family of a skilled migrant on a resident or temporary work visa who has been in New Zealand for less than five years OR
  • A former international student on a post-study work visa, or in the process of transitioning to a post-study work visa
  • In New Zealand on a Work to Residence Visa that has lost your role during the COVID-19 pandemic


How does it work?

The Skilled Newcomers Programme supports eligible job seekers with their New Zealand job search, as well as promoting you as a skilled candidate to our wide network of employers across the Wellington region.

Depending on your situation and needs, the Skilled Newcomers Programme can support you through:

  • Preparing a strong CV for the New Zealand job market, including in-depth feedback and reviews to make it as strong as possible
  • Promoting you as a candidate to our network of employers across the Wellington region
  • Provide resources and referrals to support you during your job search in New Zealand
  • Provide feedback and advice on your job applications and how to communicate your strengths and suitability to different employers
  • Support you through preparing for a job interview in New Zealand

As a first step, you will need to register to join the Skilled Newcomers Programme. Once we receive your registration, we will send you a pack of resources and start supporting you to develop a strong CV that we can send to our employer contacts and that you can use going forward in your job search.


Register for the Skilled Newcomers Programme

You can register to join the Skilled Newcomers Programme by completing the online registration form HERE.


Get in touch

If you would like to learn more about the skilled newcomers programme, please contact Latdavone Saengon  on 04 470 9930, email, or you can register online HERE.