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Wellington businesses supporting skilled migrants showcased at Gold Awards Thursday, 24 May 2018

Three Wellington businesses – Catalyst IT, Village at the Park and Geeves Scaffolding – were named as recipients of the Immigration Gold Showcase at last night’s Wellington Gold Awards.

Established in 1999, the Wellington Gold Awards celebrates the excellence and the enterprise of business in the Wellington Region. The Immigration Gold Showcase category is about recognising the extra miles that employers go to in ensuring that their new migrant employees are welcomed and supported through the challenges of adjusting to Kiwi workplaces, while they settle and build a life in Wellington.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) General Manager, Steve McGill says “We are delighted to showcase three successful Wellington firms through this initiative. It’s thanks to employers like this that New Zealand is able to attract the best people with the skills they need to grow their business. It’s no secret that businesses are New Zealand’s job engine and it’s fantastic to see their efforts recognised at these awards.”

Wellington – like all regions – has always been reliant on migrant skills to help its economy to grow. Immigration policy allows overseas workers to fill jobs when no New Zealanders are available and/ or when there are particular skill shortages.

Immigration helps to build a stronger economy and create jobs by encouraging innovation, deepening our links with international markets and providing access to the skills and capital that businesses need for growth.

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