New Zealand Immigration exploitation is giving good companies a bad name, said a trainer for international students who proceed to be agricultural employees.

Jesus Domingo, Philippines’ ambassador to New Zealand supposed to build a Filipino labor office in Wellington in the near future.

Domingo is expecting a balance of pastoral care to manage the worst accommodation providers for temporary employees adding that some asylum seekers were being cheated last month.

One Filipino farm worker who had worked in Britain and the Middle East in the past expressed how the level of exploitation in New Zealand is surprising for him.

The New Zealand National Trade Academy schools 80-120 asylum seekers each year and most of them are the Philippines and South America.

According to Craig Musson, the Managing Director of the National Trade Academy and the Chairperson of the Independent Tertiary Education, most employers and trainers were doing a good job.

However, not all employment agencies were making sure the satisfaction of workers.

He said, “They’re not looking after them afterward.” Once they place them on the farm, that’s it.”

He added that they provide their students with a handbook with all the links to the websites so they can go for help through contacting them directly. Also, they can visit the office to take employment advice.

Steven Granada who is a former NTA student expressed that support is great as it really helps in settling into life on the farm.

“It was actually a good learning center to be introduced into farming before stepping into the actual job,” he stated.

“When they first introduced me to the manager, they drove me there instead of me having to go find my way.

“And it definitely helped that they did come for a couple of visits just to make sure that I’m doing okay, to make sure that I’ve settled in, and I’m not having any trouble or don’t have any worries at all,” trainee appreciated NTA’s efforts.

Frenz, Auckland-based recruitment agency says that it also had dealt with employers, promising standards for migrant workers and promoting positive, caring employment associations.

The managing director of Frenz, Christiaan Arns told there was a continuous relationship with all employees and employers who had taken on overseas workers.

He said they provide several kinds of endless help especially those that could be hard to be accessed and understood by migrants new to employers who are hiring overseas workers for the very first time.

 He told the agency suggested schooling of migrant workers in New Zealand Ag ITO programs and the benefits far exceed the cost.

He further said, “The vast majority of employers see the benefit of this and support training as it benefits everyone”.

“Many employers pay for the courses and accept the absence of their employees for one morning per fortnight.

“The outcome is that employers have employees who understand our Kiwi systems and employees gain qualifications that will enhance their future options – it’s a true win-win,” he concluded.

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