ITC Graduate Cara Adams tells us about her experience at Disney.
How do I even start to talk about this journey, it has been such a rollercoaster ride? I am so happy that I chose to do this; I have grown while being here and have met friends that I will keep forever. There have, of course, been ups and downs in the six months I have been here so far, but all of them have been an important part of this amazing experience. (more…)Posted in Student success | Tagged Celebrating success, Disney, Employment, Experience of a lifetime, Fun, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, Students in work, Tourism training, Travel Training |
Friday the 13th was not unlucky for the latest batch of ITC graduates; in fact, it was the perfect night to celebrate our graduates’ success as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.
One of the most important aspects of study at ITC is the focus on industry-relevant training, and we are grateful, as always, to the members of the travel and tourism industry who contribute so much to our graduation celebrations. (more…)Posted in Student success | Tagged Airline training, Employment, Graduation, ITC, New Zealand Tourism Training, Passion for travel, Students, The Langham Hotel, Travel Training | Leave a reply
ITC’s students have once again proven themselves at the Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand 2014 (TRENZ) event.
The students volunteered through the TRENZ Student Ambassador Programme. They provided support and assistance at the event, which saw approximately 1100 TRENZ delegates, international visitors and event sponsors come together at the Queens Wharf complex on Auckland’s Waterfront. (more…)Posted in Student success | Tagged ITC Award winning training, New Zealand Tourism Training, Student success, Students in work, Tourism training, Travel Training, TRENZ, TRENZ 2014, Volunteer scheme, Work Experience | 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 graduate Chelsea McNeil has achieved a fantastic role at Emirates. She recently moved to Dubai and completed her training at Emirates Aviation College. Here she gives us an inside look at what it’s like once you land your dream job!
The first week focused on inducting the new recruits into the Emirates team. Chelsea says this involved medical checks, lots of speeches from different departments, and uniform fitting. The training group was also split into four batches of around 15 people for team-building activities.
“I was pretty exhausted that first week – getting up at 5am and still feeling a little jet lagged from the flight over – but I soon adjusted,” she says.
With the initial induction over, the training began in earnest.
First up was 13 days of training on safety and emergency procedures.
“The training is intense,” says Chelsea. “You learn so much in one day and then you get home and study everything you’ve learnt that day, plus more for the next day, plus homework.”
“We had practical exams every day in the amazing simulators – they create such a real environment especially during turbulence and decompression scenarios.”
The three trainers (from India, Mauritius and South Africa) were “awesome” she says.
After safety and emergency training, Chelsea had her first weekend off without any study.
She started off with some shopping at the massive Dubai Mall: “Over 1200 shops! I only managed to walk around half of the mall in 4 hours!”
Sheikh Zayed Road, home to most of Dubai’s skyscrapers is also spectacular, says Chelsea, especially at nighttime when all the buildings are lit up.
Back at training the following week Chelsea and her classmates undertook group medical training.
“It’s a little more extensive than a general First Aid course,” she jokes. “It takes about 5 days and I even learnt how to deliver a baby!”
After medical training the team picked up their uniforms and rushed home to try them on.
Image and grooming training followed. “This is a fun day where we learnt about skin care, makeup, hair, nails, fitness and nutrition and uniform.”
Next on the schedule was security. Here the trainees learnt how to conduct all security checks on board, learnt about hijacking and bomb threats and how to react in those situations.
The final part of training was service, and Chelsea says that once again the fantastic trainers made it a lot of fun.
Three final practical assessments in the simulator tested the trainees on everything they had learnt – medical, security, safety and emergency.
“It was our chance to practice everything we learnt and put it together,” says Chelsea. “It was such a great feeling to finish training!”
The graduates were then assigned their first two flights, where they are able to observe everything and experience what happens in the real world.
Chelsea’s first flight was to Chennai in India (MAA) on the Boeing 777, and she loved it.
“It was a turnaround flight, so 4 hours there and 4 hours straight back. The coolest thing was being able to sit in the cockpit for takeoff and landing. The 180-degree view was incredible.”
Posted in Student success | Tagged Airline jobs, Airline training, Airlines, Aviation Training, Blogs, Celebrating success, Emirates, Employment, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, Students in work, Tourism training | Leave a reply
2. Turn up to college – get 100% attendance
3. Bring your lunch – studying makes you hungry!
4. Hand work in on time – stay up to date.
5. Always listen and respect Tessa (your tutor)
6. For role plays – Be confident – practice!!
7. Understand the question by asking questions!
8. Don’t rush – check your work
9. Smile – Be positive
10. Go hard or go home!! – Just try!!
ITC distance learning students attending workshops, helping them achieve their goals
The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) offers travel, tourism, and airline courses, and we work hard to get our graduates jobs in those industries. We want them all to fly high with their career, life and goals!
ITC offers its courses on campus and by distance online learning. If you are at home with young children, live too far from a campus, or you work and cannot attend daily classes, then distance online learning would be an ideal option for you.
These courses include all the learning resources, tutorial support, online communication and assessments you will need. You will be part of a class with fellow distance learning students from all around the country.
There are only two workshops to attend: Orientation Day, where you will get to meet your classmates, and the Customer Service workshop later in the course. Both workshops are at our Auckland campuses. This is what one of our graduates has to say about studying with ITC: “I want to say thank you to ITC for helping me get to my dream job. Doing the ITC course has really paid off and now I wake up every morning excited about going to work. Words cannot express my gratitude.”
ITC has been a premium supplier in the airline, airport and travel and tourism industries for over 16 years. The college has strong connections in those industries and focuses on making its training relevant to employers. We also offer a job placement service to assist you in finding a job in travel, tourism or aviation!
Find out how you can launch your career by phoning the ITC team now on 0800 868 747, or check our website www.itc.co.nz and enquiry online.Posted in Student success | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, Distance Learning, ITC, New Zealand Tourism Training, Passion for travel, Tourism training, Workshops | Leave a reply
International Travel College (ITC) student Hayley Miles has received a special commendation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for being the top performer in New Zealand in their September exams.
The IATA is an international trade body that represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.
The International Travel College is an IATA Authorized Training Center (ATC), which allows it to teach the IATA Travel and Tourism and Aviation training programmes.
As well as achieving the top performer award for the exams, Hayley also passed the IATA Foundation Diploma with Distinction.
Hayley started with ITC in January 2012 after graduating from Massey High School. She completed both the Certificate in Travel and Tourism and the Certificate in International Travel and Tourism, passing both with Distinction.
She is currently studying ITC’s Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management, which finishes in March 2014.
In October Hayley started a part-time role as a junior travel consultant at United Travel Westgate and upon completion of her studies next year will take up a full-time position there.
This is the third time that an ITC student has been the top IATA student, and Marketing Director Claire Huxley says it is a great endorsement of the staff at ITC.
“We know our tutors and staff love this industry and have a huge amount of experience to pass on. But they go the extra mile by offering such fantastic support and guidance for their students – they work hard to see them get the experience they need to succeed and to give them the confidence they need to really go for it.
“Our tutor Steve Burke in particular is a marvel at IATA and without his knowledge, dedication and sheer tenacity our students wouldn’t have the opportunity to achieve such greatness.”
“We are so proud of Hayley. She embodies our philosophy of working hard to achieve your dream. This is a well-deserved achievement and we congratulate her on her success.”Posted in Student success | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, IATA, IATA ATC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Passion for travel, Student success, Top marks, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply
We have so many great students; we thought we’d ask our tutors what makes a truly awesome one. (Read carefully – remember they’re the ones who mark your assignments!)
1. PUNCTUAL We know it’s early, we know you haven’t had your coffee yet, we know you just had that one last thing you had to tell your friend before you came in… But an awesome ITC student arrives on time, and even 5 minutes early if possible! It shows respect for your classmates, your tutors and your own studies and future career.
2. POLITE We pride ourselves on being like a family at ITC, but that doesn’t mean you should treat the other students or tutors like you treat your little brother or sister! Be polite, smile, say “hi”. A good mood is like a cold in that it’s incredibly infectious (but in a good way). Try spreading the joy today!
3. PREPARED You wouldn’t go to stay at a friend’s place without bringing your toothbrush, would you? Part of coming to ITC each day is thinking ahead and making sure you have what you need. Bring your own stationery, bring your own lunch or lunch money; heck, bring your own toothbrush if you want!
4. WELL-PRESENTED We’re not saying you have to look like a super model – that’s what the tutors are here for – but you should look like you take yourself and your studies seriously. If you don’t, no one else will either.
5. HARDWORKING (AND PLAYING) This is truly and honestly one of those times in your life where you get out what you put in. We know, we know, it’s a cliché and your parents are always saying it… but this time it’s true! The more you throw yourself into your studies and take advantage of the opportunities ITC offers you, the better you will understand how you work best, what kind of job you want and how you can get there.
And don’t forget to play hard too – ITC’s calendar is jam-packed with activities for students to take part in, like sports days, beach picnics, Mid-winter Carnival, Global Wednesday, Valentine’s week, St Patricks Day, the Easter Bonnet parade, and student Trivial Pursuit challenges! They’re a great way to meet some new folk, have a huge amount of fun and explore your creativity. (CLAIRE YOU MIGHT WANT TO PUT A LINK HERE TO THE EVENTS SCHEDULES?)
6. CONSISTENT You don’t have to be a robot (although it would be cool if you were!), but consistently turning up to class and turning in your assignments on time and to a high standard recommend you as a student and a potential employee. Also, if you always turn in high quality assignments on time, your tutors are much more likely to be sympathetic if you genuinely need us to cut you some slack at some stage.
7. PATIENT We do enjoy reading your assignments (no, really!), but we are only human, so please do be patient with us if we haven’t got them back to you yet. We know that our students put a lot of work into their assignments and we believe they deserve our full considered attention when it comes to marking them – and that takes time.
8. PROFESSIONAL This might seem like a funny word to use to describe a student, but at ITC we are pretty serious about preparing you for a real job in the real world. We spend a great deal of time and energy working out how we can best help you achieve your dreams – but in the end it’s up to you. Treat your studies as a real opportunity to start your professional career in the airline, travel and tourism industries and you will be amazed at how far you can go!Posted in Student success | Tagged Airline training, Aviation Training, Blogs, Career advice, Employment, ITC, ITC Award winning training, ITCNZ, New Zealand Tourism Training, Tourism training, Travel Training | Leave a reply