Job Mentor Training

Next training will run in 2024 (TBC). Our trainings are usually held on Saturday from 9.30 am-3.30 pm. The interactive training sessions are one day long and take place in our training room at level 5, 186 Willis St. They are compulsory to attend for people wanting to become job mentors.

Job Seeker Meeting Group

Each week we host a group for job seekers to connect and receive extra help with their job search. “After every event, I feel not only that I have more ideas about how I could improve my job seeking, but also that I get some extra energy and motivation to continue facing the search!” (Mario, an engineer from Spain)

Workshops for Job Seekers

Job seekers (registered with Job Mentoring Service) will be able to access workshops and networking nights to help them gain the skills and knowledge to progress their career. These are held either online via Zoom or in-person in our training room.

Past workshops

“From job seeker to hiring manager... things I learnt from hiring people that every job seeker should know” with Judith Turner

“Looking after yourself while job hunting: how the 'Wheel of life' can support you” with Yvonne Davidis

“The Treaty of Waitangi: what do we need to know as migrants?” with Maria Skatova

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Are you a skilled migrant or former refugee jobseeker?

Are you a skilled migrant or former refugee from a non-English speaking background looking for employment in New Zealand? We have volunteers willing to share their knowledge of the New Zealand work environment. Our job mentors offer support, ideas and information on how to be an effective job seeker.

Purpose of the position

To provide a one-on-one job seeking support to skilled migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds, who are looking for meaningful work in Wellington, New Zealand.


Various – public meeting places such as libraries, local cafes or spaces in the English Language Partners Wellington offices as agreed upon by the job mentor and job seeker.

Key Competencies

  • Have a good knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand work environment and culture.
  • Have recent experience of applying for roles and working in Wellington.
  • Have very strong written and spoken English.
  • Have knowledge of where and how to look for jobs in Wellington i.e. job search techniques and job application techniques such as cover letters, CVs and interview processes.
  • Have an awareness of and empathy for other cultures and the issues new migrants face when settling in New Zealand. Job Mentoring commitment: Volunteers need to:
  • Attend a one-day training session.
  • Devote a certain amount of time every 1-3 weeks for face to face meetings and email/phone contact with their allocated job seeker.
  • Seek to maintain a positive, supportive relationship with their job seeker.
  • Believe in the positive cultural and economic impact skilled migrants and refugees can make in New Zealand.
  • Keep in regular contact with the Job Mentoring Service coordinator with regular updates on relevant developments, issues and successes.
  • Wherever possible, positively connect with other job seekers and job mentors whilst engaged with the Job Mentoring Service e.g at Network Nights.
  • Be prepared to spend at least 3-4 months mentoring your job seeker for them to feel more confident and equipped in their job search. Understand that the search for meaningful work is a process.

Job Mentoring Service commitment

The Job Mentoring Service will:

  • Provide you with training and resources; ongoing support and advice; professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Aim to match you with someone you will enjoy working with.