The year in review: Highlights from 2018Posted on 18/12/2018 by Jess O'Connor
Can you believe that 2018 is nearly over?!
It’s been a massive, wonderful year for ITC, with many student successes to celebrate. Here are some of our top stories from 2018.
ITC delivered a training workshop for Explore Group and impressed Explore Group General Manager Alyson Curran: ““ITC was able to tailor a day course that met our current business and training requirements. I’ve had some great feedback, our crew loved it, and I’ve noticed an immediate improvement in the service delivery and general morale since the workshops.”
ITC puts on several student events each year, and Easter was no exception. Each campus put on events such as a Fashion Parade and an Easter dance-off, and students and staff alike dressed up for the occasion. These events foster teamwork and confidence among the students. And, of course, they are great fun.
The Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa exists to protect and advocate for international workers rights in New Zealand. ITC invited the association’s spokesperson, Anu Kaloti, to attend an international student lunch at the City Campus. Ms Kaloti spoke to students about NZ employment rights, such as employment contracts and minimum wage.
Our graduates shared some of the best things about working in the tourism industry, such as meeting new people, working with awesome colleagues, celebrating travel, and every day offering something different.
Both Sarndra Stephens and Carla Sutton celebrated 10 years of working at ITC in May of this year. ITC staff surprised them with a special morning tea.
ITC graduate Danielle was offered her dream job with Virgin Australia this year. She shares her inspiring story in this blog post. “It might be hard at first but don’t give up. It’s worth the wait and hard work. And it all pays off in the end when you’re in your dream job,” she says.
ITC’s Christchurch Campus got off to a fantastic start in 2018. Christchurch tutor Ruby Wade arranged visits to local tourism businesses for students, which were a great success. “Now that our students have had insight to different opportunities available to them in the tourism industry, they feel positive and excited for their future,” says Ruby.
Lisa Breckon has enjoyed a wonderful and varied tourism career, and she says it all started at ITC. She’s now the Director of Sales and Marketing at CPG Hotels New Zealand. She shares her inspiring story in this blog post.
Many of our students made an excellent impression in front of industry at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in Christchurch this year. Several students volunteered at the awards, giving their time to help Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) run a smooth, seamless event.
Imagine being able to wake up every morning and say “I work at the happiest place on earth”. That was a reality for ITC graduate Benjamin Strickland. He worked at Disney World in America as a Quick Service Food and Beverage Attendant.
This year, several ITC students sat down to complete a very challenging test: the IATA Foundation Course final exam. The exam (like the entire IATA course) is intensive and demanding, but ITC is pleased to announce that 100% of its students passed – a great result considering the nature of the test.
When an ITC student goes on work experience, they could be meeting their future employer for the first time. Many students who participate in work experience end up working for that employer later down the track – sometimes as soon as one week later.
Wow, what a year 2018 was. We hoped you enjoyed our highlights blog and we look forward to sharing many more inspiring stories with you in the new year.
Have a wonderful festive season!
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