The Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme provides a meaningful first employment opportunity in the public service for skilled graduates from ethnic communities. It directly addresses the low 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 will enter Public Service agencies in two 18-month intakes scheduled to start 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.

For more information please contact Jo Arnold at

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