About us:

English Language Partners Wellington has operated in Wellington since 1974 as a community-based not-for-profit organisation providing English language and social support for the effective resettlement of former refugees and migrants. The Job Mentoring Service was established in 2001 in response to a concern about the level of unemployment among our learners and in the migrant population as a whole. Job Mentoring Service has established itself as a significant employment-support service in Wellington and has achieved an excellent record of supporting migrants into employment and further study and training opportunities.

Am I eligible?

You must be a skilled migrant from an ESL* background. Your visa must have at least six months left before its expiry date, or you must be a resident.

You also need:

  • A good level of written and spoken English
  • A tertiary qualification and/or professional work experience in your home country
  • To be looking for your first job in New Zealand

*English as a Second Language

How does the Job Mentoring Service work?

We have a team of trained volunteer mentors who come from a range of different jobs with diverse qualifications and backgrounds, and have experience working in New Zealand. We will match you with a job mentor, who will be able to provide you with individual (one-to-one) mentoring. Your mentor will help you with your plan to find work, provide advice and support while you are seeking and applying for jobs, and help address any issues during your job search. Our service can also help you to develop your CV and cover letter, prepare for interviews, and build your professional network. As well as supporting you on your way to find paid work, we will help connect you with other services in the community and build your network and relationships.

Quick stats

Years helping skilled job seekers from migrant and former refugee backgrounds

Successful outcomes – job seekers gaining meaningful employment

Professionals trained as volunteer job mentors over 20 years of services.


“Thank you for your feedback about my CV and Cover Letter. This feedback is really helpful, I’m touched beyond words. Thank you for your time and patience, I am so grateful” - Lily

“Kia ora Romesh, Thank you so much for your help, I really enjoy the course and workshop. Thank you again, and wish you have a wonderful weekend! ?” - Mercury

“Hi Romesh, I like how you change my CV, it is easier to read. I appreciate your time and willingness to help me find a new job.” - Cindy

“The lesson I learnt is: by obtaining the support from Job Mentoring Service,I have improved my knowledge in the New Zealand way regarding applying for jobs, facing interviews and all other aspects of living in New Zealand. Would like to say a Big Thank you to Romesh, Sarah and specifically Yvonne.” - Dulari