In the Community
It is with great pleasure that we introduce the team of new tutors joining us at Botany Campus.
One of the key reasons ITC students go on to do us proud in their chosen area of work is because of our wonderful tutors. They bring real-world industry experience, knowledge and contacts, but more than that they take a personal interest in each and every student. If a student is prepared to work hard and show their passion and commitment for travel and tourism, our tutors will do all they can to help them realise their dreams. (more…)Posted in In the Community, Staff News | Tagged Airline jobs, Aviation Training, Botany, International Awards, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITC Team, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Passion for travel, Staff, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
ITC Account Manager Ceri Jenkins made a recent presentation to Kelston Girls’ Careers Academy. The event also included presentations from other tertiary partners of the academy and highlighted potential pathways for the students’ future training and employment.
2013 was the first year of ITC’s involvement with Kelston Girls’ Careers Academy. This exciting project enables students at years 12 and 13 to gain standalone travel and tourism qualifications at level 2 and 3. These can also be used towards their level 2 and 3 NCEA qualifications. These students then have clear pathways into tertiary courses at ITC if they choose to take them. (more…)Posted in In Schools, In the Community | Tagged Airline jobs, Airline training, Aviation Training, ITC Award winning training, ITC in Schools, ITCNZ, Kelston Girls, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
The International Travel College (ITC) Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management will be offered at the ITC Botany Campus from 2014, allowing students to take their studies to the next level.
“This is the first time a diploma-level qualification has been available to our South Auckland students,” says ITC’s Marketing Director Claire Huxley. “Previously, students have travelled to our City Campus for this course.” (more…)Posted in In the Community, Student success | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, Botany, Celebrating success, Diploma, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, Management training, Passion for travel, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
One of the benefits of studying with ITC is the great industry connections we have. One of those connections is with Auckland Airport, and we have placed over 20 proactive students in volunteer roles as Domestic Terminal Airport Hosts. This is a fantastic stepping stone to a career in the aviation, travel and tourism industries. (more…)Posted in In the Community, News, Student success | Tagged Airline jobs, Airline training, Auckland Airport, Aviation Training, Botany, Celebrating success, ITC, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Passion for travel, Student success, Volunteer programme |
ITC’s first student event of 2014 was The Amazing Race.
This is a fun-filled day where students from ITC’s City and Botany Campuses race around Auckland performing crazy in full costume, with their eye on the prize! ITC have been running this event for over 6 years now, with ITC making sure that the students test their tourism knowledge of Auckland.
Challenges and quizzes meant that all the teams really had to try very hard. From belting out ballads at Vector Arena to team members spelling out ITC with their bodies in Aotea Square, it was a day not to be missed!
As always we had great support from our industry contacts, both during the race and with some amazing donated prizes, including Explore NZ Americas Cup Sailing Experience, Stray Jack Passes to the Bay of Islands, Auckland Adventure Jet Rides, accommodation at Nomads Backpackers and free pizza and drinks at Globe Bar.
First and second place went to our City Campus teams with a FANTASTIC time of 1hr 30mins and 1hr 35mins respectively, and third place went to a Botany Campus team with a time of 1hr 45mins. There were also prizes for the best-dressed teams and sportsmanship on the day.
With the sun out and a beautiful end point at the Auckland Domain, the day provided a wonderful chance to get out and about with our ITC family.
Thanks to everyone who particpated!Posted in In the Community | Tagged Airline training, Amazing Race, Auckland, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITC in Schools, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Passion for travel, Student Event, Tourism Industry, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
More than half of our DOL students study from home because they are looking after young children. After a few years staying at home, many lose confidence in their employment prospects.
DOL graduate Lynda says, “I felt like I had had so much time off that I had become a recluse and didn’t know how to be in the public eye anymore or approach customers with confidence. I even thought I would forget everything I had learnt in previous employment.”
Another graduate Margaret adds: “I didn’t apply for a job for months after completing my course, as I thought they would decline my application as I had not been in the work force for so long.”
Many parents want to take care of their child at home. But DOL graduate Hazel found that getting out there had a positive impact on both her and her child. “Getting a job meant I could earn much more money to support myself and my child, while also gaining a social life outside of our house. I think many single mothers don’t want to send their child to childcare so soon. It seems hard at first but you and your child will adapt,” she says.
Lynda says that the ITC course helped her a great deal. “Training with ITC contributed a lot to gaining my confidence back. Having the phone assessments and orientation, and even graduation, and being amongst other people was a boost. With anticipation I wanted to get back into the work force and show off some recapped skills,” she says.
Lynda is also an advocate of gaining work experience while you study and says that having a part-time, casual job gave her a big confidence boost.
Margaret found that getting out there and applying for jobs was a useful learning experience in itself. “I wasn’t successful in my first application. I didn’t let that get me down: I used it as a learning curve. I took out my ITC notes on career preparation to make sure I was ready. For my next application, I knew exactly what I was going to say to any question asked, and was able to reply back in full confidence.”
Margaret now works for the call centre at Qantas Airways, Lynda is working for Flight Centre in Perth (WA) and Hazel works at Auckland Airport for Menzies Aviation.
As Margaret says: “Don’t let fear get in the way of your dreams. If you prepare for your interview, all will fall into place and your dreams will come true!”Posted in In the Community | Tagged Airline jobs, Airline training, Aviation Training, Distance Learning, Employment, ITC, ITC Award winning training, Passion for travel | Leave a reply
ITC has chosen its scholarship recipients for 2014. Applicants created a video or a blog showing us their passion and enthusiasm for travel, their commitment to learning, and why they felt they should receive a scholarship award.
We received a very high calibre of applicants and after many discussions we chose four recipients. On successful completion of their qualification the recipients will receive a cheque to the allotted values of their scholarship.
Charlotte Roberts-Swain, Macleans College, Auckland.
$5,000 scholarship, ITC Botany Campus
We first met Charlotte with her mother at the Macleans College careers evening. She immediately came across as a bubbly and enthusiastic person. Charlotte’s mother works in the travel industry and has passed on her enthusiasm and passion for the industry to her daughter.
Charlotte’s blog was very well thought out and identified clearly why she felt she should receive the scholarship. She demonstrated how her experience in her travel class with teacher Julie McDougall had broadened her understanding of the career opportunities available to her in travel and tourism. She also showed an understanding of the important part the industry plays, not just New Zealand’s economy but worldwide.
Her aspirations for her future in the industry are very exciting and we believe she will go on to be an asset to any employer when she graduates.
Her response to being informed of the scholarship award was complete joy, and her first words were “I cannot wait to tell my Mum!”
Lape Talopau from Kelston Girls, Auckland
$5,000 scholarship, ITC City Campus
Lape’s video was just full of energy and showed her as an enthusiastic and positive person with a fantastic smile. She proved she had a great understanding of the need for our scholarship recipients to be hard working, committed and passionate about working in the travel and tourism industry.
Lape highlighted that she understood the importance of working and conversing with people from very diverse cultures. She obviously has the personality and people skills to make a big career for herself in travel and tourism and we look forward to watching her grow through her studies with us. Lape’s screams of joy when we informed her of her award are still making our ears ring today!
Kimi-Ora Follas, Otamatea College Northland
$1,000 scholarship, ITC Botany Campus
Kimi-Ora’s teacher, Marco Troost, contacted us to ask for some tips for her application, and to endorse her as a great student who is very passionate about wishing to forge a career for herself in travel and tourism.
Marco’s judgement of Kimi-Ora’s suitability for the industry proved to be correct. Kimi-Ora first heard of ITC through one of Ceri Jenkins’ presentations at her school when she was in year 12. It convinced her that she should follow her passion for the industry and endeavour to gain the necessary education to enter travel and tourism.
She had obviously done her homework on ITC via the internet and also made the long journey to Auckland with her family to attend one of our open days. Kimi-Ora’s confidence and determination stood out in her video and will we are sure hold her in very good stead throughout her studies and future employment.
Sonia Murray, Sancta Maria, Auckland
$1,000 scholarship, ITC City Campus.
Sonia had attend one of our short courses and made a lasting impression on our tutor Mel. Her enthusiasm and ability to work well with others really stood out.
Sonia’s previous class visits to ITC and attendance on the short courses convinced her that tourism was for her and highlighted that she has a special interest in adventure tourism.
Her blog was very articulate and outlined all of the key aspects we were looking for in scholarship recipients, in particular her undoubted passion for the travel and tourism and the sense that there is a very big and successful career just waiting out there for her.
We wish all of our scholarship recipients and applicants the best for 2014 and beyond.Posted in In the Community | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, Employment, Fun, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITC in Schools, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Scholarships 2014, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
ITC staff and students had a fantastic day promoting the college and the airline, travel and tourism industry at Botany Town Centre.
The college had a promotional stand at the mall and attracted a great deal of attention.
“We all had fun chatting to the numerous friendly shoppers about the amazing courses we offer,” says Natasha Allen, Campus Manager Botany. “People were really interested to hear about the thrilling famil trip and the work experience week, which literally gives our students a foot in the door of our dynamic industry.”
The ITC stand featured photo books and cardboard cut-outs of an AJ Hackett tour guide and an ITC flight attendant.
“The cut-outs had holes so that people could put their own faces through and pose as the tour guide or flight attendant. It attracted so many people, young and old; it helped to fire people’s imagination about what it might be like to be in those roles.”
“This event really highlighted to everyone we met that travel and tourism is a fun, vibrant career option and ITC is definitely the place to start your journey,” says Natasha.
Keep an eye out for ITC’s promo guys and girls dressed in our funky white Kia Ora t-shirts in January and February. They will be in Botany Town Centre and at Maraetai, Cockle Bay and Eastern Beach shouting out that ITC is the place to study in 2014.
ITC Botany is proud to announce that we will be running our Level 5 Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management next year. There are only a handful of spaces left, and the first class is in March – so get in quick!Posted in In the Community | Tagged Airline jobs, Airline training, Aviation Training, Botany Town Centre, Employment, Export Education, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
A new initiative from International Travel College (ITC) gives students from outside the main centres the chance to experience the opportunities available in the airline, travel and tourism industries.
“We are very aware that there are high school students around the country who simply don’t have the access to training opportunities that students in the larger cities have,” says ITC’s Marketing Director Claire Huxley.
“It’s not just a lack of training institutions in those areas, but there are few chances for students to even explore whether they are interested in pursuing a particular field of study.”
To combat this, ITC recently provided its two-day Flight Attending Short Course to students in Northland.
“We contacted all the high school careers advisors in the area,” says Claire, “and they were absolutely thrilled to be able to offer this to their students. We also have a great relationship with Fullers and we contacted them to see if they could help us out.”
Fullers Great Sites offered its vessel ‘Tongariro’, to stand in for the aircraft cabin for the full two days of the course.
ITC’s Short Course Tutor Mel Verwijmeren ran the course. She provided students with practical role-play experience using onboard equipment, and taught them skills related to in-flight service, safety demonstrations, evacuations and how to deal with passengers’ specific needs.
An added bonus of running the course onboard a ship, says Mel, was how transferable those skills are from airline travel to the open ocean.
“The students learnt about the entry level roles onboard these vessels, giving them a greater understanding of what further education was needed to step into such roles.”
“And thanks to Barry, the Operations Manager of Fullers Great Sites, our students got a real taste of what the travel and tourism industry has to offer, as we visited local tourist attractions the R-Tucker Sail Boat, Dolphin Explorer, Overnight Cruise Ipipiri and the Exciter, which is equipped with not one but four V8 engines!”
This first step in ITC’s new initiative has been incredibly successful, and several of the students have already enrolled with ITC for 2014, and a number were even offered work experience onboard one of the Fullers Great Site vessels.
“Mel worked incredibly hard to provide these students with the same experience students from Auckland schools get with our short courses,” says Claire. “And the feedback from teachers and students has been excellent. These students now have another option available to them, and that takes them one step closer to their dream job.”
ITC will be continuing to offer its short courses to high school students outside Auckland, with the next course to be run in Gisborne.Posted in In Schools, In the Community | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, ITC Award winning training, ITC in Schools, ITCNZ, Northland schools, Passion for travel, Tourism training, Travel Training |
ITC’s City Campus held its industry expo on 27 August.
Presenters from seven companies came to speak to the students and we are very grateful to AVSEC, American Express Travel, Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy, Eco Zip, Intercity, Renaissance Tours, and Stray for their presentations.
The expo had a professional feel, as ITC wanted the students to experience a real industry event. The presenters had banners and posters promoting their businesses and the students all arrived looking very professional.
The students were organised into seven groups and each presenter gave a 20-minute presentation to each of the groups throughout the morning.
The main purpose of each presentation was to enlighten our students about the company, the sector of travel and tourism in which the company specialises, the speaker’s story of how they got to where they are today and some useful recruitment information. The presenters do amazingly well to fit all this into 20 minutes!
Most of the presenters brought an ITC graduate who is now working with them. This gave the current students are real sense that the careers they were discussing were achievable, as the students could identify with the graduate as someone like themselves.
The day went without a hitch, with students moving quickly between sessions and quiet reigning over the whole college during the presentations.
The expo was also open to our Distance Learning students and it was great to see a number of them there on the day, with one even organising her own work experience with one of the presenters.
The day went extremely well with extremely positive feedback from students:
“They were very informative and I enjoyed the vibe in the room while they were presenting.”
“He was passionate, had great knowledge and sold it as a fun way to work or experience.”
“He was very outgoing and easy to understand, he was funny and had good body language, which gave us a good impression.”
“She was really passionate about her job and shared her experiences with us.”
“They were lively, and made the audience participate in their presentation to help remember their information.”
”Made me think that anything is possible and there is so much you can put into travel and tourism.”
“Opened my eyes to many career paths.”
“Eco-tourism is a new product that has just come into the tourism industry and it really sparked my interest to start a career.”Posted in In the Community, News | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, Employment, Export Education, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, Passion for travel, Student Event, Tourism training | Leave a reply