Teach First NZ is delighted to be recognised as the runner-up of the NZAGE (New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers) Best Diversity Strategy Award 2015. Simpson Grierson were the winners in the category.
2015 is the second year that Teach First NZ’s diversity practices have been publicly recognised, with Teach First NZ winning the award in 2014.
Seren Wilson, Director of Recruitment and Alumni Leadership at Teach First NZ congratulated Simpson Grierson on their win, remarking that “the huge number of entries for this award reflects the increasing importance organisations are placing on diversity strategies within their organisations. The awards are a great opportunity to learn from one another and challenge ourselves to continually improve our practice”.
Finalists in the six award categories were celebrated at the NZAGE Summit Awards dinner on the 5th November 2015 at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. Teach First NZ did exceptionally well in this year's industry awards, being a finalist in three categories- Best Graduate Development Programme (together with ASB, Beca, Downer and The Warehouse Group), Best Website (with Chapman Tripp, Mainfreight, Russell McVeagh and Xero) and Best Diversity Strategy (with Auckland Council, Fletcher Building, Russell McVeagh and Simpson Grierson).
The judges of the Diversity Award passed on very positive comments, to the extent that they were impressed with Teach First NZ’s 360 degree approach to Maori and Pasifika inclusion, and their broad definition of diversity that is reflected across all of the work Teach First NZ does.
The Teach First NZ programme launched in 2011 and has so far received over 1,000 applications, demonstrating high demand for their globally established leadership development programme set up to tackle educational inequality in New Zealand.
Teach First NZ offers a two-year teaching and leadership scholarship to talented individuals who teach in schools serving a lower-decile communities. Participants receive a fully-funded postgraduate qualification in teaching, are paid a salary while working and studying part-time, and join a global alumni network at the end of the two-year programme to support them towards continuing their engagement with education over the long-term.