Survey Purpose and Background

The purpose of this survey is to inform a stocktake of current employment initiatives for refugees at the national and local level to better understand the nature and scope of the refugee employment pathway and where any gaps and overlaps might be. Please note this may include initiatives that have not been specifically designed for refugees but which feature significant refugee participation.
 
Background
 
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is working with the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission, Careers New Zealand, the Industry Training Federation and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to implement an inter-agency work programme to improve employment outcomes for refugees.

Building on existing employment and education initiatives already under way, this project seeks to identify new approaches to help refugees secure meaningful and sustainable employment, role progression and life-long skills development at the earliest opportunity.

The purpose of the project is to accelerate the transition to meaningful and sustainable employment and ease some of the employment barriers refugees face by:

1. Developing a coordinated set of services that prepares, connects and supports refugees in connecting to employment paths and opportunities relevant to their skills;
2. Using strategic relationships with employers to provide refugees with greater employment opportunities better aligned to their skills.

To deliver the above the inter-agency working group comprising representatives from the agencies listed above has identified five areas of focus going forward:

1. Completing a stock take of current employment initiatives for refugees at the national and local level;
2. Exploring  Work and Income case management processes and assess how these can be more closely tailored to people from refugee-backgrounds;
3. Identifying models of good practice for refugees to access skills training (e.g. government and privately-funded apprenticeships/internships) and continued learning;
4. Exploring how the assessment and recognition process for qualifications and skills can be more closely tailored to people from refugee-backgrounds; and
5. Engaging with employers, local councils and Chambers of Commerce in the refugee settlement locations to identify opportunities for collaboration for meaningful and sustainable employment, role progression and life-long skills development for refugees.

Our first priority and the focus of this survey is on item 1: Stock take of current employment initiatives for refugees at the national and local level.

 
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