Preparing international students to work in New Zealand

The Work Ready Programme is a free, extracurricular programme designed for tertiary international student studying in the Otago region. The innovative programme aims to create a greater understanding of the New Zealand workplace culture and expectations through workshops, seminars and events. The programme supports students in their journey to gaining work in New Zealand during and after their study.


Students are encouraged to apply to participate in the programme and gain skills in-

  • The job application process – CV and Cover letter construction and application forms
  • Learn about the NZ workplace culture and expectations
  • Develop strong networking skills and interview techniques


The programme fosters relationships between local employers and students participating in the programme.


We facilitate a number of events to encourage employers to gain insight into how an international students’ skills and experience can benefit their workplace.  To host an international student for a short work placement or if you would like to attend one of our events click here

Are you an international student interested in working in Otago?

Find out more about the Work Ready Programme for international students.

Are you an employer interested in attending events or recruiting a student?

Find out about how employers benefit from the Work Ready Programme