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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
Recent ITC graduate Mohammed Alzergawi has a role as an airport ambassador at the domestic terminal at Auckland International Airport.
“This is a great opportunity to work and meet new people from all around the world,” says Mohammed. “I am constantly developing the skills I learnt at ITC by interacting with people and providing exceptional customer service to passengers arriving and departing Auckland.”
Natasha Allen, ITC’s Campus Manager Botany, says that the opportunity for ITC’s students to work at the airport is second to none and has already resulted in new roles for students.
Students who wish to apply to work at the airport have an initial interview with Natasha; they then attend a presentation at the airport about the role and requirements, which leads to a formal interview. A full security check is then completed on each individual, as safety is paramount at the airport.
“Successful students are then given the very smart and stylish new black and red uniform – they all feel so proud to wear it and to represent the airport and New Zealand to arriving and departing passengers.”
And the work itself is thoroughly enjoyable, reports Mohammed.
“The days are varied and occasionally you even get to meet celebrities and athletes, which is very exciting. Every day I learn something new, which means I am always challenged and ensures that I enjoy each shift I work.”
“I appreciate the opportunity that has come my way and am excited that it will potentially open doors for me in this industry.”
“Mohammed’s attitude is fantastic,” says Natasha, “and goes to prove, yet again, that putting in hard work, showing commitment and dedication will definitely pay off.”Posted in In the Community, Student success | Tagged Airline training, Airport, Aviation Training, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Tourism training, Travel Training, Volunteer scheme | Leave a reply
International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) students recently had the opportunity to highlight their skills and gain valuable industry knowledge at New Zealand’s premier tourism trade event – TRENZ 2013.
TRENZ 2013 ran from Sunday 21 – Wednesday 24 April at Auckland waterfront’s Cloud and Shed 10 and comprised an opening function, the Auckland Airport International Speaker programme, workshops, and a farewell ‘Taste of New Zealand’ dinner held at Ponsonby Central.
Inu – The TRENZ bar – was also open at select times during the event to provide opportunities for networking and meetings.
Michelle Chatfield, ITC’s Campus Manager – City, says the students took on a number of important roles at the event, including meeting and greeting delegates and assisting them with general queries. They also helped with setting up and packing out the trade sites.
“Our students were just fantastic,” says Michelle. “They were enthusiastic about helping in any way they could. Working at these kind of events is a great deal of fun if you are prepared to get in stuck and do what is needed. You need to be able to think and respond quickly to a number of different queries and situations.”
It was also a chance for the students to see the tourism industry in action.
“This is one of the largest tourism events in New Zealand,” says Michelle. “We are proud that each time TRENZ is held in Auckland the organisers, Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand, approach us to provide students to help at the event. The students were able to meet representatives from national and international travel organisations. It was a real eye-opener for them to see what a range of opportunities the industry offers.”
ITC has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland. The college is committed to providing real-world experiences as part of its training.
“It’s one of the reasons our students have such good job placement rates,” says Michelle. “They are given plenty of opportunities to showcase their skills to the companies that will ultimately hire them, and it gives them a real feel for what working in the airline, travel and tourism industry is all about.”
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International Travel College has been helping Auckland City Mission to provide gifts and food for families in need this festive season.
The Auckland City Mission relies on the generosity of the public to be able to continue to provide its increasingly stretched services to the Aucklanders who need them most.
The team at ITC worked closely with the Mission this year by creating three themed weeks for its students to get involved in: the themed donations focused on cans, sweets and biscuits, and noodles. ITC donated additional items that the Mission could use as gifts for Christmas.
Last year barely half the queue outside the Auckland City Mission was able to receive gifts for their families and, sadly, some were turned away.
This year ITC did its part to provide gifts for more families by creating an appeal and spreading the word through social media.
“Our mindset was that every little bit counts,” says ITC’s Melissa Verwijmeren. “We had an incredible response from a number of companies that meant we were able to provide an abundance of useful items.”
Companies such as Ezibuy, Creo Gyms and many Twitter users followed ITC’s Facebook invitation and the college was able to deliver numerous gifts and food parcels in weeks leading up to Christmas.
“For a small idea to become such a huge success gave the team at ITC a huge feeling of gratitude,” says Melissa. “Not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling of helping so many people in need this Christmas season!
“Many of us are going home to our friends and family and just having a simple appreciation of how lucky we all are.”
“ITC is proud to support the Auckland City Mission in its care of families in need, and it’s been a great way for us to start the festive season,” says Melissa.Posted in In the Community, News | Tagged Auckland City Mission, Charity, Christmas | Leave a reply
Brent Westein started his career working in hotels in 2001 as a food and beverage attendant. He is now the HR manager for the Novotel & Ibis in Ellerslie in Auckland. We are lucky to have Brent as one of ITC’s industry advisory members. Here Brent tells us about his journey so far, and the importance of getting your foot in the door.
My first role in a hotel was in 2001 as a food and beverage attendant during the busy breakfast shift in Gantry’s restaurant at the Centra in Auckland (now the Crowne Plaza). Eventually I moved onto night shifts and this gave me the opportunity to work at the bar as well.
I then got my first role in the rooms division as a porter. This was an excellent job – we were the face of the hotel, as we were some of the first staff guests met on arrival and we carried their bags to their room.
After about 6 months in the rooms division I moved to the telephonist office. This gave me the chance to learn a whole new range of skills, including how to use the hotel computer system and the workings of the front desk. I actually moved to a role at the front desk next and was there for another two years, by which time I had been made front office supervisor.
The Centra was now the Crown Plaza Auckland, and I was lucky enough to gain the role as the human resources co-ordinator. I remained in that role for two and a half years, after which I was promoted to a 12-month maternity leave position of human resources manager of Centra Auckland Airport. This was an awesome opportunity to take on my first head of division role.
At the end of that contract I transferred to Wellington to work as an assistant manager at the Intercontinental Wellington. After being blown around in the capital for 14 months, I took up a role as the human resources manager at CityLife Auckland Hotel. CityLife is a great, vibrant hotel in the heart of Auckland’s CBD.
Early in 2012 I moved on to become the human resources manager at Novotel & Ibis Ellerslie in Auckland with Accor.
Having so much early experience in line level roles gave me a great understanding of what hotels are all about – it allowed me to experience different aspects of how hotels work behind the scenes and how all the divisions work together to support the overall running of a hotel. This was vital experience before I took my first steps into a supervisor’s role.
International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has recently become a sponsor of Bellyful NZ.
Bellyful is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. The organisation delivers free precooked meals to families with new babies and families with a critically ill family member.
“It’s such an incredible organisation,” says ITC Account Manager Ceri Jenkins. “I met Jacqui Ritchie, the executive director, at a careers expo and was just amazed at the service they provide.”
“We have many working parents studying at ITC,” says Ceri. “Study is always a real commitment, but it is even more so when you have a family to organise as well. At ITC we love that this service offers such practical help to new parents.”
Bellyful has 16 branches around New Zealand and aims to have one in every town in the country by 2016.
“That’s an amazing goal,” says Ceri, “and we seriously hope they can achieve it. A lot of new parents entering tertiary study aren’t in the main centres.
“At ITC, for example, new parents often choose our distance learning courses, as they don’t need to uproot their family and they can organise study around their busy schedules.”
Each branch of Bellyful does its own fundraising and is supported by local donations and volunteers. Parents with babies under three months old and families struggling with illness can contact their local area coordinator via the Bellyful website: www.bellyful.co.nz
“A home-cooked meal is such a simple thing to offer,” says Ceri.“ But when you are juggling the demands of family life and work or study, it’s sometimes the simple things that make all the difference.”
Bellyful’s ambassador Pippa Wetzell agrees: ““Bellyful – it’s simple and yet when you’re struggling with the challenges that a newborn brings into your life, something like a cooked meal and someone to talk to can make a world of difference. Getting off to a good start in the first few months of your baby’s life makes a huge difference to the wellbeing of a whole family.”
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International Travel College (ITC) students now have the opportunity to be part of an exciting new tourist operation – Skydive Auckland.
ITC, which has campuses in Botany and central Auckland, has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996.
“We are always looking for new way to connect our students with the industries they are training for,” says ITC Account Manager Ceri Jenkins.Skydive Auckland is a new venture from the creators of Skydive Taupo, which has been operating since 2003. In December 2011 the company opened its operation in Auckland.
Skydive Auckland’s Marketing and Advertising Manager Stacey Carson says, “Since opening we have been building on the relationships we already had and creating new ones with anyone we see as beneficial to us and the industry. This is where the ITC comes in.”
ITC students will have the opportunity to take job placements at Skydive Auckland, earning them some much-coveted real-world industry experience.
“These kinds of relationships are one of the most effective ways we can help our students to make a real start on their careers,” says Ceri. “And they have ongoing positive effects for the college; for example, Stacey approached us initially because of the successful relationship we have with Nomads Backpackers ”
Stacey was also a guest speaker during ITC’s careers week and the feedback from tutors and students alike was fantastic.
“It’s another positive spin-off,” says Ceri. “Having someone with Stacey’s experience giving students advice on topics like interviewing and CVs, and how to build and maintain a professional reputation within the industry was hugely beneficial.”
Stacey says that in the near future they may be able to offer part-time work for students, with the potential for these positions to become full-time employment.
“I am extremely excited about working with Ceri and ITC over the coming year and look forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship,” says Stacey.
“We’re thrilled,” says Ceri. “We have great industry connections with organisations like Nomads, Auckland Museum and JUCY rentals. This relationship with Skydive Auckland opens another door of opportunity for our students.”Posted in In the Community | Leave a reply
Here is an awesome blog from Curtis, an ITC Graduate and a NZ Wheel Black! Read about his impressions of travelling in Egypt. As always, Curtis’s blog is a great read filled with lots of adventure, laughter and inspirational messages. Whoever said that travel broadens the mind must have read one of his blogs!! Thanks alot Curtis :)In the Community | Leave a reply