How HOST International is reducing employment barriers for former refugees in NZ

By Rochelle Stewart-Allen, New Zealand Senior Manager “It’s high time we started welcoming former refugees into our New Zealand workplaces and recognise they bring entrepreneurial skills, diverse language expertise and a global perspective to our organisations.” – Rochelle Stewart-Allen, NZ Manager, HOST International HOST International NZ is now actively working with New Zealand employers to…

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HOST employees upskill to increase knowledge in community services

By Emily Chu, Communications Manager Local and refugee HOST employees have successfully completed training to improve services in the local communities they work in. 18 graduates received their AQF CHC32015, Certificate III in Community Services after completing the requirements of the program, delivered in partnership by Australian-Pacific Training Coalition (APTC). HOST saw this as an…

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How our resettled communities can help fill NZ’s skill shortages

Resettled New Zealanders are often qualified, multilingual and bring diverse experience and thinking. By Rochelle Stewart-Allen, HOST Senior Manager New Zealand In New Zealand, there is a global talent pool that has entrepreneurial skills, is multilingual, and offers diverse thinking at a time when New Zealand is consistently praising the benefits of bringing new voices…

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New Zealand’s untapped talent pool

By Rochelle Stewart-Allen, HOST Senior Manager New Zealand In New Zealand, we have a long list of skill shortages that need to be filled to ensure we’re meeting the needs of our growing population. We need more farmers (beef and dairy), arborists and market gardeners. We need construction managers, university lecturers, mechanical engineers, midwifes and…

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HOST International welcomes Philippe Legrain to NZ

By Rochelle Stewart-Allen, HOST Senior Manager New Zealand HOST International is delighted to be welcoming British economist Philippe Legrain to New Zealand in August 2018. This is a unique opportunity to hear a critically acclaimed thinker and writer present his research on the economic value of welcoming and employing refugees.   Philippe’s research shows that…

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Stand #withrefugees by focusing on their strengths

By David Keegan, HOST CEO There’s a growing body of research and analyses, bolstered by personal stories, that shows refugees and former refugees enliven economies and cultures. Yet, despite the evidence, perceptions of refugees as a burden persist. Ethical, humanitarian and moral considerations aside for a second, refugees offer a society human capital. Research shows,…

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Unlocking Refugee Talent in New Zealand

By Rochelle Stewart-Allen Arriving as a refugee in a new country means it’s time to build a new life. This can look markedly different than the lifestyle a refugee may previously have lived in their home country, but what remains constant is that person’s set of professional skills, qualifications and experience. Although skills and experience…

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The economic benefits of welcoming refugees

By Rochelle Stewart-Allen, HOST Senior Manager New Zealand With the largest refugee crisis since World War II currently underway, British economist Philippe Legrain says developed countries have not only a humanitarian and legal obligation to welcome refugees, but it’s important to recognise that investing in refugees can yield significant economic returns. As co-founder of the…

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