International employment opportunities are available to KIT graduates and non-graduates under Australian and New Zealand labour mobility programs. Applications for the below programs are managed through Kiribati’s Ministry of Employment and Human Resource (MEHR). All interested students are asked to complete a Job Seeker Application Form. The Ministry will select suitable candidates to undertake training through KIT’s Employment Support Services which will prepare candidates for their interview. Final selection of candidates is by the overseas employer.
Employers who are interested in engaging students into any of the current labour mobility programs listed below or who are interested in discussing how training can be tailored to meet their individual business needs are encouraged to contact Mr Rokobati Tearo, Deputy Director Human Resource on (+686) 7512 6516 or 7512 6517.
The Pacific Labour Scheme
The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) will enable citizens of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years, consistent with the objectives of the Pacific Labour Facility. The PLS will:
- Commence in July 2018 with an initial intake of up to 2,000 workers.
- Focus on sectors with projected employment growth in Australia and which match Pacific island skill sets.
The PLS will initially focus on employing people from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu. Access will be extended to other PICs over the course of 2018 based on need and impact.
The PLS will focus on sectors and industries that generally match employment projections in Australia with Pacific skills sets initially including:
- Accommodation and food services industry (e.g. hospitality and tourism).
- Health care and social assistance industry (e.g. aged care, disability care).
- Non-seasonal agriculture, forestry and fishing industries.
Seasonal Worker Programme
The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), managed by the Ministry of Employment and Human Resources, connects I-Kiribati and other Pacific Island workers with Australian employers experiencing labour shortages, typically in horticultural work in rural and regional areas. The Australian Government recently announced its commitment to expand the SWP for Australian employers in the agricultural, aged care and hospitality/accommodation sectors to overcome local labour shortages and provide additional assistance to seasonal workers.
Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme
The Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme is New Zealand’s seasonal labour market programme which came into effect in April of 2007. The RSE scheme allows the horticulture and viticulture industries to recruit workers from eligible Pacific Island Countries (PICs) such as Kiribati. People employed under the RSE policy may stay in New Zealand for up to seven months during any 11-month period. Exceptions to this are workers from Tuvalu and Kiribati, who can stay for nine months because of the distance from New Zealand and the costs of travel.