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Tech recruitment firm Talent takes home coveted award

Tech and digital recruitment specialist Talent has been recgonised for its contribution to New Zealand's tech industry, being named a winner at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards. 

The company took home the award for Best Contribution to the NZ Hi-Tech Sector by an Internationally Headquartered Company, up against an pool of high profile finalists that included IBM, Vodafone and MYOB. 

Over the past year, Talent has made contributions to the NZ Hi-Tech industry through a number of key initiatives. These include Talent Engage, the industry-first online contractor lifestyle hub, and foundation Talent RISE, which is dedicated to connecting young people experiencing barriers to employment with tech jobs in various industries.  

"RISE was launched in NZ in 2018 and is shaping the future of work in the NZ Hi-Tech sector by addressing the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) youth crisis, with the aim of providing a brighter future for the rangatahi (young people) of today," explains Talent’s New Zealand country manager, Bianca Jones.

"RISE NZ offers education and work readiness programs assisting rangatahi experiencing barriers to employment. The Talent RISE team works closely with potential employers to source job opportunities," she says.

According to Jones, the Hi-Tech Awards judges said the quality of the entrants was at an all-time high this year. "Talent was recognised as a company that has genuine passion for all New Zealanders and a company that is committed to making a real difference the future of New Zealand," she adds.

Jones says winning the award validates the mahi the team has put in and will continue to put in to pull people from diverse backgrounds into the tech community. 

"We feel we have a duty to inspire the companies we work with to find exceptional people from all backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives to join their teams," she says. "This is one of the ways we can redefine recruitment, by enabling opportunities for all - whether that be our clients, contractors or our communities.”

The award caps off a successful year for the New Zealand Talent team, which was also recognised by SEEK as the New Zealand medium Recruitment Agency of the Year.