Teach First NZ is delighted to be recognised as the winner of the NZAGE (New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers) Best Diversity Strategy Award 2014.
Seren Wilson, Teach First NZ's Recruitment Director, accepted the Industry Award at the NZAGE Summit dinner on the 24th October 2014, held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. On accepting the award, Seren expressed her delight at receiving the award as acknowledgement of the work the organisation has done in this area, in partnership with programme partner the University of Auckland, while also recognising there was still a lot more to do.
Teach First NZ did exceptionally well in this year's industry awards, being a finalist in three categories - Best Print Campaign (with Chapman Tripp and Deloitte), Best Online Campaign (with Deloitte and Fletcher Building) and Best Diversity Strategy (with Auckland Council 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 – which began with the organisation’s core values, genuine and authentic intentions towards increasing their cultural understanding, the way that selection bias is checked at each step of the selection process, a Kaitiaki role to support cultural understanding and awareness, and a broad definition of diversity that is reflected across all of the work Teach First NZ does.
The competition for the Best Diversity Strategy Award was very strong. On the finalist panel, Auckland Council showcased their work focussing on gender, disability, and Maori and Pasifika inclusion, with initiatives that included inviting whanau to interviews, cultural competency training to understanding unconscious bias, and ensuring multiple 'touchpoints' for Maori and Pasifika candidates through promotional materials.
Simpson Grierson's submission focused on its work towards becoming the first organisation in New Zealand to receive the Rainbow Tick. Its focus on LGBTI, engagement from Partners, and their ultimate success in receiving this accreditation was inspiring.