The Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme provides a meaningful first employment opportunity in the public service for skilled graduates from ethnic communities. It directly addresses inequities in the representation of ethnically diverse employees and the barriers they face to access employment in the public sector. It aims to achieve that by offering a targeted pathway into the public service, with the expected benefits of improving its representativeness and broadening its cultural competency. 

Graduates enter public service agencies in 18-month intakes. We have had two intakes of graduates starting the programme in July 2021 and January 2022.

Graduates who come through this programme will be set up to influence and drive change that directly affects ethnic communities and the whole of New Zealand society.

Watch the video below to hear from graduates, host managers and Ministry for Ethnic Communities staff as they reflect on the first nine months of the programme:

For more information about the Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme please contact us at

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