According to the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Policy, all Tongan nationals seeking to participate in these overseas seasonal employment programs will be selected according to a three-stage selection process, and must pass the requirements of each stage. All new Tongan seasonal workers will be required to meet the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria, without exception.
The three-stage Selection Process brings together biographical information from the applicant, police records, and information from trusted third parties from the local community in order to draw a full picture about the applicant who is then also interviewed and assessed by a central Selection Panel in order to ensure the consistent application of the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Criteria. This process is as follows:
Employers may also wish to specify additional Selection Criteria for their workers, e.g. age range, height, skills, previous work experience, village in order to establish community linkages etc. MIA will try to accommodate employer’s specifications as far as this is possible.
Employers may wish to nominate new workers on the basis of recommendations from group leaders and return workers who they trust. As part of MIA’s service promise and to ensure that employers obtain the skilled, productive, and reliable workers they need, these workers will still be required to undergo the three-stage Selection Process and must satisfy all requirements: e.g. they must satisfy all eligibility requirements, and must be assessed by the town and district officer and the central Selection Panel as satisfying all MIA Selection Criteria.
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