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ITC students to volunteer at CATE 2018

Posted on 06/11/2018 by

This year’s CATE Conference will be the biggest yet with close to 700 delegates expected to attend.

Several travel and tourism students from ITC are participating in an exciting work experience opportunity next week.

They will be volunteering at the annual CATE (Careers & Transition Education Association Aotearoa) Conference at SkyCity from Tuesday 13 November to Thursday 15 November.

CATE is a professional organisation for people working in career and transition education, for example secondary school careers advisors and STAR/Gateway coordinators.

ITC project manager Ceri Jenkins is on both the Auckland and Northland CATE committees. He has been a member of CATE for over ten years and he played a pivotal role in organising this year’s conference.

“CATE is a fantastic organisation that ensures those working in careers are equipped with all the required knowledge to help Aotearoa’s young people choose a career path,” says Ceri.

“I enjoy working alongside careers professionals and ensuring that tourism – NZ’s largest export industry – is always part of the conversation.”

ITC will be giving away branded tea towels and tote bags at CATE 2018.

This year’s conference is ‘future focused’ and will explore ways to overcome some of the challenges facing Aotearoa’s young people. The theme is ‘Inspiration to Innovation’.

Conference delegates will hear from incredible speakers such as entertainer and prominent mental health educator Mike King, futurist, entrepreneur and aspiring astronaut Derek Handley, and founder of Eat My Lunch Lisa King.

ITC’s volunteers will help with set up and provide support as required throughout the event. They will have the chance to practice their customer service skills and observe what goes into running an event of this size (around 700 delegates are expected to attend this year, making it the biggest CATE Conference to-date).

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students,” says Ceri.

“They will have the chance to gain work experience to boost their confidence (and their CV), as well as hear from an incredible line-up of international and domestic keynote speakers.”

CATE 2018 will be held at SkyCity and is open to both CATE members and non-members.

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