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
The International Travel College (ITC) may be headquartered in Auckland and Whangarei – but its courses are inspiring high school students all around the country.
Every month, the ITC Tourism Education Team travels to different areas of New Zealand to teach a variety of short courses.
In May, the ITC Flight Attending Short Course was delivered in three regions at the same time – Taranaki, Nelson, and Whangarei.
Over the course of two days, ITC tutors Ali, Mel, and Daniel all taught the same course in different locations.
“That’s what we call efficiency!” laughs Mel, the Tourism Education Team leader.In Schools, News, Staff News, Study inspiration |
Every few months, ITC International Marketing Manager Lesley Brough travels overseas to meet with international students and agents. Her last trip was to Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei, Beijing, Seoul, and Busan. Below, she shares some highlights from the trip.
It was a bit of a whirlwind trip! I was away for two weeks so I didn’t have a lot of time in each city, but I did get to do a few cool things.
The purpose of the business trip was to attend workshops with Quality English/Education in Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei, as well as visit agents in China and Korea. The workshops were kind of like speed dating with agents and companies, to get to know each other and see if there’s potential to work together in the future.
Here’s a glimpse into what I got up to in each city.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
Every tutor at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) shares at least one trait in common: a love of tourism.
ITC employs tutors based on their passion for the industry – they are tourism professionals first, teachers second.
It’s their boundless enthusiasm for tourism that makes them so great in the classroom. Their passion for the subject is infectious, and this resonates with the students.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
For the past ten years, ITC Level 5 programme leader Carla Sutton has been chipping away at something special – her further education.
She may be a tutor and a programme manager, but she never stopped being a student. After work, Carla dedicated her spare time to learning new skills.
First, she completed a Bachelor of Business through Unitec, with an amazing A+ grade point average. And now, she has completed a Master of Business with First Class Honours.News, Staff News | Leave a reply
ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley recently attended An Evening with Sir Richard Branson at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Here’s what she learned from the famous entrepreneur who continues to make waves in the global airline, travel and tourism industry.
On Sunday 26 March, I was in the same room as Sir Richard Branson. Wow! I never thought I’d write those words.
I joined 2,000 of New Zealand’s movers and shakers, business leaders, Virgin fans, journalists, and curious souls to listen to Sir Richard in conversation with the Right Honourable John Key.
We couldn’t take any pictures, but I did scribble down lots of notes. I believe we can all learn a lot from this innovative entrepreneur, especially how his bold ideas are transforming the travel industry. Here are a few of my favourite takeaways from the special evening.News, Staff News, Study inspiration |