The Work Collective and New Zealand Post
In November 2019, The Work Collective and AWF partnered with New Zealand Post, to address Post’s seasonal employment needs during busy periods throughout the year including the end of the year. This collaboration not only saw NZ Post’s seasonal workforce requirements being achieved by AWF, but working with The Work Collective saw New Zealand Post achieve social outcomes by engaging candidates sourced via The Work Collective who had encountered challenges securing meaningful work.
AWF and NZ Post joined forces to pilot The Work Collective’s programme at the Manawatu Mail Centre, focusing initially on providing work opportunities for former refugees in line with the goal of The Work Collective to support candidates who face barriers to employment. The Red Cross, one of our esteemed support organisations, played an important role introducing us to former refugees who were seeking work.
Jabul and Wee-Htoo, both former Myanmar refugees, were chosen for the programme. Jabul, 19, aspired to become an engineer and viewed his New Zealand Post employment as a chance to gain valuable experience. Wee-Htoo, 23, was still adjusting to learning English and sought a role with meaning. Both candidates had completed The Red Cross Pathways to Settlement programme and were eager to embark on their first experiences in the New Zealand workforce.
Donna introduced Jabul and Wee-Htoo to New Zealand Post through The Work Collective. Despite language barriers and newcomer challenges, both The Work Collective and New Zealand Post saw their potential and wanted to help them thrive. Donna says,
“It’s an awesome opportunity for Jabul and Wee Htoo. It’s hard enough to get your first job opportunity, let alone when English is your second language and you’re adjusting to a new country.”
Integration into NZ Post
Jabul and Wee-Htoo were warmly welcomed by the New Zealand Post team, receiving support from both team leaders and AWF. Regular check-ins ensured their understanding of briefings and training, and both candidates actively engaged in post-placement care provided by AWF.
After working with AWF, Jabul later pursued his career in the automotive industry. Wee-Htoo continued his employment at New Zealand Post into 2020 and 2021. In April 2021, NZ Post offered him a permanent position. Both Wee-Htoo and The Red Cross wholeheartedly endorsed The Work Collective for providing invaluable work experience and life skills.
This collaboration broke employment barriers and contributed to the personal growth of these two young individuals. Jabul and Wee-Htoo’s journey from newcomers to valued New Zealand Post team members showcases our initiative’s transformative impact. The Work Collective and New Zealand Post not only enriched their lives, but also made a positive community impact through collaboration and empowerment.
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