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May 2007 issue

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Language
and work in NZ

There are many opportunities for students in New Zealand to team language tuition with a taste of working life; either in the form of a paid work placement or an unpaid internship. We profile a range of such options available.

As can be evidenced from the relatively small number of participants in this issue’s Spotlight listing, the work placement sector in New Zealand is quite young in terms of its development, with some language schools, such as ABC College in Queenstown, launching their programmes this year for the first-time.

Nevertheless, demand is rising for language programmes that are combined with either an unpaid internship or a paid work placement, according to some of the more established operators, such as Cleve Brown of Worldwide School of English in Auckland. He explains that he started offering internship programmes seven years ago due to demands from European agents. “Germany is still the strongest market, with growth from France and Belgium being experienced,” he explains.

At Language Schools New Zealand, Gus Fahy agrees that demand is on an upward spiral, in line with trends in other countries. “Demand is increasing and is only limited by what internships we have available,” he says.

Low levels of awareness as to how internship programmes can be implemented are reported among New Zealand businesses. “The main difficulty is the lack of understanding of interns by many companies,” relates Brown. “We don’t have this [programme] very much in New Zealand. It is surprisingly hard to get a new company to accept a free worker for a few months. However after their first one, they ask ‘when is the next one coming?’”

Internship programmes operate on the basis that a company will take on an unpaid extra employee, in effect, and supervise them while allowing them to experience life and the business environment of New Zealand. “Most students are impressed by the perceived informality of New Zealand work places and appreciate being valued for their input,” says Fahy, underlining that both interns and employers active in this field are satisfied with the outcome.

The paid work placement sector is well established in New Zealand for different reasons.

Employers are all too aware of the value of foreign labour and holiday destinations such as Queenstown often suffer from a shortage in seasonal staff. As Blaise Barham at Southern Lakes English College in Queenstown testifies, placement students can help plug the gap. He says the difficulties involved with this particular placement sector however, are “finding enough workers” and he lists hotels, restaurants, bars, wineries and cafés as the sorts of places their students might find work.

Barham says his school guarantees a position to enrolling students while at Aspect New Zealand, which offers both internships and paid work placement, Sheryl Jackson says, “Aspect guarantees the job interview for [paid placement] students and as our pre-arrival testing processes are quite stringent, students should be able to obtain a job after their interview rounds.”

As well as seasonal resort work in tourist-facing environments such as hotels, another fairly typical paid work placement is in the horticulture industry. Geoff Butler at Mount Maunganui Language Centre relates that the work is “physically demanding, with quite long hours, but the pay is quite good and it is a very good chance to interact with both local people and those from other countries”. He says that his school is uniquely situated in the “heart of the major kiwi-growing centre, enabling us to offer employment opportunities that students might not find elsewhere”.

Most students looking to team English tuition with a paid placement will enter New Zealand on a working holiday visa. Marion Schoenenberger from Crown Institute of Studies explains that students can undertake more than one three-month placement (this is the average length) under their 12-month visa conditions. “We are happy to help them with more than one job placement but only the first placement is guaranteed,” she says. Schoenenberger underlines that their internship placements are considered volunteer positions and so there is no real minimum to a placement in a company dealing in, for example, wildlife conservation, ecology education or team leadership. She sums up that all the programmes offered enable students to “discover New Zealand in a very different way”. It can either enhance a students CV or enable the student to earn money, facilitating further exploration of the country.


Contact any advertiser in the this issue now

The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

Name

Company
Country

Telephone

Email


ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
English Australia
Felca
Feltom
Perth Education City

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
       Authority

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
International House
       World Organisation
       (Worldwide)

AUSTRALIA
English Australia
Perth Education City

CANADA
Bodwell College
Cowichan Valley School District # 79
Richmond School
       District # 38
Stewart College of
       Languages

CHINA
Mandarin House

COLOMBIA
World Education

CZECH REPUBLIC
Global Study
       (Karlov College)

ENGLAND
Aspect (Australia,
       Canada, Ireland,
       Malta, NZ, UK, USA)
Bell International
International House
       London
International House
       World Organisation
       (Worldwide)
LAL Language and
       Leisure
       (England, Malta,
       South Africa, USA)
Malvern House
       College London
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
Sels College London
St Clare's Oxford
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Tellus Group
Twin Group

FRANCE
AGISEFE - Université
       de Savoie
Alliance Française,
       Paris
Cipel
Home Language
       International
       (Argentina,
       Australia,
       Austria, Brazil,
       Canada, Chile,
       China, Czech
       Republic, Denmark,
       Egypt, Finland,
       France, Germany,
       Holland, Hungary,
       Ireland, Italy,
       Japan, Malta, NZ,
       Norway, Poland,
       Portugal, Russia,
       Spain, Sweden,
       Switzerland, UK,
       USA, Venezuela)
Institut International
       de Rambouillet
Lyon Bleu
       International
SILC - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
Carl Duisberg
       Centren
       (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Galway Cultural
       Institute
High Schools
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)

MALTA
Feltom
International School
       of English
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority

PORTUGAL
SELF Escola de
       Línguas

RUSSIA
AMBergh
       Management AB
       (Russia, Ukraine)

SCOTLAND
University of
       Glasgow

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies

SPAIN
Pamplona Learning
       Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, South
       Africa, Spain, USA)
Eurocentres
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Italy,
       Japan, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Spain, Switzerland,
       USA)

USA
ALCC - American
       Language
       Communication
       Center
ELS Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)
inlingua New York
International House
       San Diego

SCIEL
Kaplan Educational
       Centers
       (Canada, UK, USA)
University of
       California
       Riverside
University of
       California
       San Diego
University of
       California
       Santa Cruz
Zoni Language
       Centers
       (Canada, USA)


EDUCATION TRAVEL MAGAZINE

ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Felca

CANADA
Bodwell College
Cowichan Valley
       School District # 79
Richmond School
       District # 38
Stewart College
       of Languages