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Programme to build young leaders

If you are young person in the 16-24 age group keen on acquiring leadership skills, you may like to apply to be a part of the ‘The Young Leaders Programme’ of the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

Applications for this year’s Programme close tomorrow (February 2).

Selected candidates should attend the Programme from February to November 2014, held simultaneously in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Applicants who do not reside in these cities may also apply but must make their own arrangements to reach the respective venues.

Success factors

An official notification said that ‘The Young Leaders Programme’ aims to build leadership potential and improve knowledge on how to succeed in Government positions.

“Successful candidates will join a diverse team of 60 young people from around New Zealand to engage in training opportunities over nine months. They would receive training in high performance leadership, project management and delivery, diversity and cultural awareness, machinery of government, job shadowing placements in government departments, multiculturalism and global citizenship, building relationships and networking,” the notification said.

Diversity Ambassadors

Applicants should have the desire to develop advanced leadership skills and techniques, learn about how government works, engage in dialogue around identity, culture and heritage and consolidate a vision of their future direction and make informed choices, the notification added.

“The applicants should also be part of alumni of young ethnic leaders around the country who can connect, support, and work with communities and government. They should also become ‘diversity ambassadors,’ contributing to the positive image and visibility of young ethnic people in New Zealand. They should be migrants, refugees, long-term settlers or people born in New Zealand who identify their ethnic heritage as Asian, Continental European, Middle Eastern, Latin American, or African.”

For more details, please visit ethnic.affairs@dia.govt.nz

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