Migrant Work Talk learner finds job immediately

English for Job Seekers

Northland centre’s new Workplace English Teacher, Joanna Bagley, took her small group of dedicated learners through all aspects of the NZ job market with great results.

One of the participants, Dammika Dissanayaka landed a job halfway through the programme. Her new employers were very happy to let her finish the course before she starts in January.

Workplace English graduation

Dammika said that “this course gave me confidence to have an interview. I was scared, but I did what our teacher had suggested”.

The programme focused on learning about expectations of the NZ workplace, basic legislation and employment information, ways of applying for work, understanding and practising interview skills, understanding and using appropriate Kiwi English in the workplace. Speakers addressed the group from WINZ and other community workplaces.

It was an intensive programme, and all participants gave great feedback. “I know how to write a CV and cover letter now”, “I learned about the Treaty of Waitangi” and “Don’t change anything, everything is good” were some of the specific comments from the Work Talk participants.

The graduates were so pleased with what they had gained in the 4-week course, that they took their teacher out for lunch at a local restaurant.


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English for Job Seekers

  • 48-hour intensive course (flexible hours)
  • Learn how to approach employers
  • Learn to tailor your CV for specific job applications
  • Prepare and practise for job interviews
  • Develop your professional networking skills
  • English level – Intermediate and above (confident users of English)
  • Qualified teachers
  • Small classes
  • Fees may apply. Ask at your centre.
  • In all centres (except Taupo, Marlborough, Auckland Central & West, Porirua and Southland.)
  • Find out more

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