The International Travel College (ITC) recently celebrated two of its long-serving staff members – Carla Sutton & Sarndra Stephens – with a surprise morning tea.
Both Sarndra & Carla have worked for the College for 10 years this May – and that’s just the second time around. They both worked for the College prior to 2008, but left to travel and raise a family before eventually returning.
“They just couldn’t stay away! We are so lucky,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.
“Both Carla & Sarndra bring a wealth of experience to the team. And they are two of the kindest, most dedicated people you’ll ever meet.”
Sarndra says she was “completely surprised” when she was ushered into her and Carla’s 10-year-anniversary morning tea. All the staff were dressed in her favourite colours of red, orange and black to celebrate the occasion.
“I love working for ITC and all the supportive people I work with,” says Sarndra.
She said there was “no question” about wanting to come back to ITC after she spent six years living with her husband in Australia.
“Landing back in NZ six years later with a young baby, there was no question about wanting to return to this amazing company with such incredible people.”
She adds: “I loved the morning tea, all the photos around the room of so many wonderful memories, seeing Karen (the former owner), and of course the champagne was just delicious. Big thanks to Claire, Kerry, and Michelle for the wonderful surprise.”
Carla was also blown away by the morning tea, which she said brought a lot of memories flooding back.
“The last 10 years has flown by, it really doesn’t seem like 10 years!” says Carla.
“With ITC’s help, I have been able to achieve both a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Business. Education is always going to be a passion of mine, whether it’s assisting our ITC students or furthering my own learning.”
Carla considers herself a life-long learner and aims to inspire students to approach education with the same energy and enthusiasm.
Sarndra sums it up pretty well: “Assisting ITC students into the airline, travel and tourism industry is such a buzz”.
We hope both Carla & Sarndra continue to enjoy this buzz for another ten years to come.Posted in News, Staff News | Leave a reply
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My job involves providing support to the tutorial teams. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring student attendance, inputting student results, and issuing certificates. I work at both the City and Botany campuses, with three days in the City and two days at Botany. I enjoy it as it provides variety in my week.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Sometimes our students love it so much at ITC that they never want to leave! This was the case with Joelene Whare, our brilliant new Student Services Advisor (and former student). Below, she shares a bit about herself and her career journey so far.
Kia Ora, my name is Joelene Whare and I’m the Student Services Advisor at the Botany Campus.
Initially, when I finished school I wanted to go to university to study Business and Commerce. However, I changed my mind after I saw an advertisement about ITC. I knew straight away that I wanted to study with them. At the end of the day, you want to wake up and be excited about your study choice.
I decided to commit my time and effort to studying travel and tourism with ITC. I started my journey in 2016, doing Level 3 and Level 4, and I loved every moment of the experience.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Back in 1994, I was a little 12-year-old boy shaking with excitement and adrenaline after completing my first bungy jump. This was followed by jetboating, white water rafting, canyoning, abseiling, snowboarding, and the list goes on. The foundation of my tourism career had begun.News, Staff News |
Japanese businesspeople recently learned all about New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry at a workshop in Okinawa.
ITC tutor Takeyuki Morita delivered a workshop about sustainable tourism management while in Japan on an international marketing trip. Originally from Okinawa, Takeyuki took this opportunity to share his knowledge about New Zealand tourism with his home country.
Takeyuki was invited by the Okinawa Chamber of Commerce to deliver the workshop, which had the topic of ‘Cross-Cultural Communication in Business Management’.In the Community, News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Known for his friendly nature and great sense of humour, John has been a tutor at ITC for twelve years (and counting). He loves helping students discover the magic of a career in travel and tourism.
Describe your typical day
I spend my day teaching, marking, prepping, researching, and updating myself. I also help with referrals for both new students and alumni students (graduates).
I teach Level 3 Tourism, Level 3 Aviation, Level 4 Travel, and I’ve recently taken on Foundation IATA, which is an external paper and recognised globally. I enjoy teaching IATA because it’s a new challenge, and I tell my students each time I teach it that we are embarking on a long journey together. We learn so much. IATA is changing as this is a fast and rapidly growing industry, it’s really exciting.News, Staff News, Study inspiration | Leave a reply
The International Travel College is delighted to welcome a new tutor to the team, Sarah Boyd. Below, Sarah shares her career highlights, including how she caught the travel bug and fell in love with teaching tourism.
The best feeling in the world is that feeling you get in the pit of your tummy when a plane starts speeding down the runway, engines blasting, and the nose tips upwards and the wheels leave the tar.
I was five years old the first time I experienced this feeling, on a family trip to Malta. It was then that I knew I had been bitten by the travel bug.
Born in Newcastle (the North East of England), I travelled extensively to Europe on family vacations during my childhood, until we immigrated to South Africa when I was 10.
Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was travel. So I was delighted when I was offered a job selling vacations to exclusive members of RCI and Southern Sun holiday reservations, first in Africa, and then internationally. For eight years, I learned how to sell travel, deal with clients, and master technical booking systems.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
The International Travel College (ITC) has been helping students find jobs in the airline, travel and tourism industry for over 21 years.
This year, ITC has taken this support to the next level by creating two new roles dedicated to helping more students find employment.
Introducing ITC’s Employment Consultants – longstanding and experienced ITC staff members and passionate tourism industry advocates Sarndra Stephens and Catherine Alder.
Both Sarndra and Cathy are dedicated to helping ITC students and graduates gain employment in the airline, travel and tourism workforce.News, Staff News, Study inspiration | Leave a reply
Love is in the air at the International Travel College, with Account Manager Ceri Jenkins and Marketing & Schools Leader Mel Fey celebrating their engagement.
Ceri got down on one knee 192 metres above ground – he surprised Mel on top of the Sky Tower while they were doing the SkyWalk.
“I was super nervous about the height but more afraid of the ring not fitting. As you will see on the video, it took a little squeezing on – happy to say with the string now off it, it now fits perfectly!” says Ceri.
Little did Mel know, Ceri had been planning the surprise proposal for 9 months. He enlisted the help of the team at SkyWalk, who discreetly attached the engagement ring to his SkyWalk jumpsuit.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Known for her impeccable organisational skills, bright smile and friendly personality, Amy is a Travel Tutor at ITC’s Botany Campus. She also helps with academic support, assisting the academic team with the writing and monitoring of assessments. Below she gives us a glimpse into her typical day at work.
Describe your typical day
I spend most of my day teaching and doing marking and lesson planning. I also help with academic support – updating lesson plans, making new resources, developing teaching content and monitoring assessments.Staff News | Leave a reply