The ACE programme was developed to simplify the application processes for new graduates wanting to apply for their first positions within the 20 New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs). The ACE scheme simplifies the recruitment process for graduates by using a centralised match process which simultaneously considers the graduates work place (employer) preference as well as the employer's preference of graduates.
ACE is a tried and tested process, the ACE programme has been in place for RMOs for more than 15 years and is the most effective way to gain a first year House Officer (PGY1) position for graduates who are able to start at the beginning of the training year as well as those who are not.
The ACE programme uses a centralised matching process. After placing each graduate’s preferences against each employer’s preference of applicants, because the ACE system ensures that each successful graduate receives only 1 offer of employment, as each position in each employer is filled, these graduates are removed from the list of available candidates, opening up positions for other graduates, simultaneously in all 20 DHB employers across the country. A full explanation on the matching process and its priorities can be found in the ACE Match Overview section.