The Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme provides a meaningful first employment opportunity in the public service for skilled graduates from ethnic communities. It directly addresses low representation of ethnically diverse employees within the New Zealand Public Service and the barriers they face to access employment in the public sector.

As part of this programme, graduates are employed by the Ministry for Ethnic Communities and seconded into one of several participating public service agencies for 18-months. The programme gives them the opportunity to contribute towards the agency’s important mahi (work), learn from public service professionals, and receive wrap-around support that sets them up to pursue a rewarding career in the public sector.

Since the launch of the Programme in July 2021, the Ministry for Ethnic Communities has seconded 37 ethnic graduates in their first job in the public sector. Many participants have gone on to secure roles in the public sector following the programme.

If you or someone you know would like a job where the work you do matters to Aotearoa New Zealand, there is a fulfilling career waiting for you in the public service. Bring your whole self to this programme and contribute to work that will make a positive difference.

For more information and to apply, visit our Careers page: Careers with us | Ministry for Ethnic Communities

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