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Regional tourism boom creates jobs throughout New Zealand

Posted on 01/03/2017 by

Regional tourism expenditure grew in most regions around New Zealand in 2016, creating jobs throughout the country.

Do you live in regional New Zealand? If so, you might want to consider studying towards a qualification in tourism.

According to the latest estimates from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tourism expenditure grew in most regions around the country throughout 2016.

The three fastest growing regions are located in the South Island. Nelson is leading the way with a 14 per cent increase in tourism expenditure. The West Coast is hot on its heels (up 13 per cent), followed by Otago (up 11 per cent).

More spend = more jobs

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett said tourism created thousands of jobs last year.

“Domestic and international tourism creates immense value for New Zealand, with tourism employing over 180,000 people in 2016,” Mrs Bennett said in a press release.

She added that the Government will continue to support the sector through investing in local infrastructure, especially in earthquake-affected areas.

“There is more work to do. The earthquake last November heavily affected the North Canterbury region, and though we are starting to see tourist spending recover slightly, it’s important we continue to market the area internationally, and encourage New Zealanders to keep visiting,” Mrs Bennett added.

Study tourism from anywhere in New Zealand

ITC’s Study From Home programme accepts enrollments from students all around the country, from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

With Study From Home, you can access all course materials online – there’s no need to travel to a classroom. You will have support from dedicated Study From Home tutors via phone, email or video. You’ll also have access to an online forum, where you can ask questions and interact with other students studying the same course.

Contact us today to find out how you can kickstart your career in tourism.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4

Posted on 08/02/2017 by

Discover the exciting world of international travel, ticketing and reservations, cruise ships, and more with the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4.

Want to take your travel and tourism training to the next level?

The New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 is a comprehensive qualification with a special focus on international travel.

You will cover topics such as travel, tourism, aviation, ticketing and reservations, and working on cruise ships. You will also get the chance to participate in some practical work experience.

Course length: 21 weeks (full-time) or 42 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 23 October 2017

To find out more about this exciting qualification, we spoke with head tutor Ali Rigby. Here’s what she had to say about this course.

What is your favourite part of the course?

I love the Cruise and Coach & Overland topics. You learn all about the ins and outs of how each industry works. There’s also a research element which gives students a great opportunity to see what’s out there. By the end of these topics, you will feel really motivated to travel and experience it all for yourself.

What types of jobs could the NZ Certificate in Travel Level 4 lead to?

Jobs with airlines, hotels, travel agencies, wholesalers, adventure tourism… the sky’s the limit! The Level 4 qualification is a step above the Level 3 which means it will be favoured by most employers, especially if you also have some customer service experience. There is a huge range of jobs out there and I think the Level 4 course helps students figure out their career direction as you learn about each sector in-depth.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Stay motivated and stay on track with your study plan. Keep reminding yourself of the goals you want to achieve upon completing the course. Definitely use the tutors (that’s what we’re here for!) and fellow students for support. As you don’t have the classroom environment, it’s very important to reach out and communicate. Lastly – enjoy it, you’re already on the road to an exciting new career!

Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4 are open now. Get in touch to register your interest and kickstart your career in airline, travel and tourism.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3

Posted on 01/02/2017 by

Do you dream of working at the airport or for an airline? The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation could be just the course for you.

If you love airports, planes, people and of course travel, then you’ll probably love the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation.

This Level 3 qualification teaches you tourism with a particular focus on aviation. You’ll study topics such as airport security and passenger handling, and you’ll find out what it’s like to work as a flight attendant or member of the cabin crew. You’ll also learn about online reservations systems such as Amadeus.

Course length: 25 weeks (full-time) or 49 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 21 August 2017

To find out more about this course, I spoke with head tutor Joy Carter. Here’s what she had to say.

What is your favourite part of the course?

Orientation Day. It is a real buzz to meet new students and see them embarking on a new journey. It’s a great introduction – a chance for them to meet fellow students, get to know more about the exciting travel and tourism industry, and how they will study online.

What types of jobs could this qualification lead to?

Airport-based roles such as check-in, ground support staff, customs, Ministry of Primary Industries, security, airport operations, customer service, retail.

It could also lead to airline roles, such as ticketing, flight attending, ground crew, customer service, baggage handlers and aircraft cleaners.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Immerse yourself in the industry. Take an interest in what is going on – this will be your future.

Be prepared to invest your time and energy into your studies for the short time it takes to complete the course.

Also, ask for support from family and friends.

Any further comments about this qualification?

Be fully prepared before starting. Make a plan and stick to it. Your tutors are there to support you – please make use of us.

Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation Level 3 are open now. Get in touch to register your interest and learn more about this exciting qualification.

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Course spotlight: New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3

Posted on 25/01/2017 by

The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 could really take you places.

Thinking about a career in travel or tourism? The New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 could be the perfect course to study from home.

An introduction to the world of travel and tourism, this qualification will teach you all about New Zealand geography and popular tourism destinations. You will also learn valuable communication and customer service skills to thrive in the industry.

Course length: 20 weeks (full-time) or 40 weeks (part-time)
Next start date: 23 October 2017

To learn more about the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3, I caught up with head tutor Richard Euston. Here’s what he has to say about this exciting qualification.

What types of jobs could this qualification lead to?

The list is endless – pretty much anything in the travel and tourism industry. Recently we’ve had graduates start work as travel agents, airport ground crew and on cruise ships.

There are also opportunities with hotels, car rental companies, coach tour operators and working at tourism activities, such as Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy.

One important thing to remember is that your first job in tourism won’t be your last, so take any opportunity you can to get started somewhere. You will find that career progression can happen very quickly!

What is your favourite part of this course?

Meeting our new students at our Orientation Workshop. It’s really the only time we get to meet the students after a lot of correspondence by phone and email, so it’s always great to put faces to names and find out what their aspirations are.

I would also say our annual graduation event is right up there, as it’s an opportunity for our students to celebrate their achievements and take a chance to reflect on all the hard work they have put in.

Having friends and family there makes it even more special, and there’s always such a great feeling of pride in the room.

What advice would you give to students starting the course?

Make sure you put together a study plan! Studying from home brings it’s own challenges so you need to be really organised and ensure that you have a plan in place to help you achieve. And don’t forget to ask questions and communicate with the ITC team – we’re here to help and we love talking to our students.

It’s also important to come to the course with an open mind and be ready to learn, and also with the knowledge you will be working hard and challenging yourself. And potentially in less than 6 months you can have an internationally recognised qualification which will get your new career started.

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Ten ways to treat yourself over the Christmas break

Posted on 14/12/2016 by
The Christmas break is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and get ready for next year.

The Christmas break is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and get ready for next year.

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, it’s nearly time to set aside your study notes and relax for a few weeks. After months of putting study first, you can finally treat yourself to all your favourite activities.

Here are ten ways to make the most of your break so you come back to study feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in 2017.

1. Bake Christmas cookies with family

Nothing says “holiday season” like a Christmas baking session with family. Get together with loved ones to make some delicious spiced cookies or Christmas mince tarts.

2. Catch up on your favourite television shows

When you’re studying from home, there’s not much time to indulge in reality television or addictive Netflix series. Spend a day in your PJs and get up to speed with all your favourite shows.

3. Spend a day at the beach

Remember that day a few weeks ago when you were stuck inside studying while your friends were at the beach? You can make up for it this Christmas! On the next sunny day, grab your togs and head to the coast for a day of sun, sea and sand.

4. Go camping or hiking

Studying requires spending a lot of time inside. Make up for all the days you spent in the library by getting some fresh air. Go camping, fishing, on a long hike – whatever you do, enjoy time outside.

5. Be a tourist in your own backyard

You might be on a study break but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Do a nearby tourist activity to experience your local tourism industry firsthand. Check out these ideas for inspiration.

6. Donate some food to families in need

Christmas isn’t just about relaxing and getting presents – it’s also about giving. See if you can donate some food (or time) to a local charity this year. Giving is good for the soul, and will help people in need.

7. Decorate the Christmas tree

If you haven’t done so already, spend a day putting up fairy lights, getting out the tinsel, and hanging baubles on your tree. This is fun and relaxing and will most definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to listen to your favourite Christmas carols as you decorate!

8. Catch up on sleep

Enjoy the sweet, sweet feeling of switching your alarm off for a few weeks. Nothing beats waking up naturally!

9. Read as many books as you like

Does the thought of curling up with a good book sound like pure bliss? Get out a stack from the library and read for pleasure instead of study.

10. Dedicate a day to doing “nothing”

Can you remember the last time you woke up with zero plans? Keep one day of your break completely free and enjoy having “nothing” to do – you’ll be surprised at how relaxing and indulgent it feels!

ITC Study From Home will be closed from Friday 16 December and reopens on Monday 9 January. Enjoy your study break and we will see you in the new year!

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Record numbers of tourists visit regional New Zealand

Posted on 19/10/2016 by
Dunedin city on a sunny day. Otago is one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in New Zealand.

Dunedin city on a sunny day. Otago is one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in New Zealand.

There was once a time when winter would leave the streets of ‘small town New Zealand’ deserted. As the weather cooled, summer holidaymakers would head back to their homes, and communities would prepare for a lull in visitors.

Times are changing. This winter, many of New Zealand’s regions showed no signs of slowing down. The streets were still bustling, bars and restaurants heaving, cash registers chiming. A variety of languages could be heard in any coffee shop.

According to data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), most regions saw an increase in tourism expenditure in the year to August 2016.

Nelson, for example, saw an 11.7 per cent increase in spending to $304 billion – making it the fastest growing region. Otago was hot on Nelson’s heels, with an increase of 9.6 per cent (to $3.2 billion).

New Zealand is well and truly in the midst of a tourism boom. And this is just the beginning. The tourism industry has set the goal of growing to $41 billion by 2025 – a big ambition that will need a strong, skilled workforce to become a reality.

In other words, there’s never been a better time to study travel and tourism. And thanks to the widespread growth of the industry, you don’t have to relocate to Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch to make your dream tourism career a reality.

Whether you live in the winterless north or the stunning south, on the east or west coast, or anywhere in between, there’s most likely a tourism job just around the corner from your home. You might find work at a local i-Site, a hotel or a bungy jump operator. Or maybe you will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at a youth hostel or work as a tour guide showing off the attractions in your region.

Whatever your dreams, ITC Study From Home can help you kickstart your travel & tourism career. We deliver airline, travel and tourism qualifications to students all around New Zealand via distance learning, meaning that you can study without needing to relocate to a bigger city. The only catch? You must be available to travel to Auckland for a workshop throughout your course – but what a great excuse to plan a trip to the big smoke!

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Contact us today to learn more about our travel and tourism courses. 

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Meet the Study From Home team

Posted on 31/08/2016 by
Get to know the friendly Study From Home team by reading our bios (below).

The ITC Study From Home team is here to help you achieve your airline, travel or tourism qualification via distance learning.

At ITC Study From Home, you may study by yourself – but you’re never alone. The friendly team is here to support you every step of the way. From informative phone calls to encouraging emails, we help guide you through your coursework and ensure that you learn just as much as you would in a normal classroom environment.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet us – as well as fellow distance learning students – in person at one of the Orientation Days on campus.

In the meantime, you can find out a little bit more about us by reading our bios below. As you will see, we’re a friendly, positive team backed by years of practical experience. We look forward to getting to know you better.

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Carla – Distance Learning Tutor & Program Manager

Originally from the Netherlands, this is where Carla completed her travel and tourism training – gaining the equivalent of ATTTO level 3 and 4, as well as the IATA Instructors Foundation Diploma. Upon graduating, Carla worked in a large corporate travel agency for four years, before moving to New Zealand in 1989.

Once she arrived in New Zealand, Carla worked as a senior travel consultant and, later, a branch manager for Budget Travel (now known as Harvey World Travel). She then joined ITC in 1997, as a travel and tourism tutor, and then moved into an administrative role. Today, she manages the ‘Study From Home’ program.

“I really love managing the distance learning program,” says Carla.

“It’s great to meet people that share my passion for the travel and tourism industry, and who are keen to work in this field. Then to witness their success is simply the cherry on top!”

Carla enjoys her life in New Zealand with her husband Wayne and their daughters Louise and Monique. When she’s not working or studying, you’ll probably find her walking the dog at Muriwai Beach, pottering in the garden, or going on camping holidays around our beautiful country.

Richard Euston

Richard – Distance Learning Tutor

After Richard left school, he worked for the New Zealand Herald in the advertising department. After four years there, he decided to follow his dream of travelling the world. First destination? The 1994 football world cup in the USA, followed by London.

His love of travel inspired him to take a break from advertising and apply for a job as a tour guide with Top Deck. He was successful and spent two European summers travelling to places like Russia, Morocco and Turkey – and getting paid for it!

When he eventually returned to New Zealand, he continued his travel career by working as a consultant for Flight Centre. He spent 10 years with the Flight Centre Group, then moved into an account management role at APX.

Now, he’s joined his wife Stacey (a tutor at the Botany Campus) and is working for ITC. Outside of this job, he’s involved in a business called Bumper Ball, plays social football, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Together, he and Stacey have three beautiful daughters.

Joy

Joy – Distance Learning Tutor

Joy’s first career was in accounting, before her love of travelling attracted her to the tourism sector. After gaining a travel and tourism qualification, she spent ten years working as a travel consultant for the likes of Travel For Less, House of Travel, and Harvey World Travel. She found great fulfillment in selling many varied travel destinations and providing excellent customer service in order to satisfy customer needs. She developed a loyal customer base and many lasting relationships.

Joy joined ITC as a tutor at the Botany Campus in 2006. She loved working with the young, on-campus students and providing them with the training they needed for a career in travel and tourism. She was pleased to be given the opportunity to join the Study From Home team in 2015, and is now supporting and encouraging students who have taken on the challenges of distance learning.

An avid traveller, she has visited many exciting places all over the world.

“Amongst others, Santorini in the Greek Islands stands out as a magical place,” says Joy.

“In saying that, I have also been fortunate to visit many of our beautiful Pacific Island neighbours and their friendly people.”

She still thinks New Zealand is the best country in the world to live in, with its beautiful scenery and diverse culture. She enjoys her life here with her husband, two daughters, and four grandchildren. She works part-time at ITC so she can spend plenty of time with the little ones – the best of both worlds!

Ali Rigby

Ali – Distance Learning Tutor

Ali started her journey into travel and tourism in 2008 when she moved to Canada on a working holiday. She lived in Vancouver and worked in a rental shop at Grouse Mountain Ski Resort, doing fittings and taking bookings. Ali then spent the next year working and travelling around Canada and the United States.

“I soon realised that the travel bug was well and truly alive in me and just how much I loved working face-to-face with the many different cultures I met each day,” says Ali.

She then went on to live in Melbourne, where she worked in customer service for two years, before moving to the Netherlands. She was welcomed as a Meeting Point Manager for Sandemans New Europe Tours in Amsterdam, which operates walking and bicycle tours throughout the city and the rest of Europe. She loved being able to live in and travel around, Europe taking in its beautiful culture and history. After the Netherlands, she moved to Berlin before returning home to New Zealand to pursue another of passion – education!

Ali started working at ITC in the Schools/Marketing department delivering short courses to high schools in Auckland and various locations around the country. Absolutely loving teaching, she then moved into a full-time tutor role on-campus at the City Road campus.

Along with her partner Ryan, she has now moved to beautiful Raglan in the Waikato where she has begun working as a tutor for Study From Home.

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Is ITC coming to a town near you?

Posted on 02/03/2016 by
ITC's Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016! Led by Mel Fey (bottom right), the team is bringing tourism short courses to ten regions around New Zealand.

ITC’s Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016! Led by Mel Fey (bottom left), the team is bringing tourism short courses to ten regions around New Zealand.

The International Travel College (ITC) may be headquartered in Auckland, but we do our best to make tourism education available to students throughout New Zealand. Thanks to our Study From Home option, you can enrol on an ITC airline, travel or tourism course from anywhere in the country.

To spread the word about our exciting courses, ITC’s Tourism Education Team is hitting the road in 2016. This year they are visiting the following ten destinations throughout New Zealand:

  • Paihia
  • Whangarei
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Taranaki
  • Wairarapa
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown

 
The purpose of this New Zealand-wide tour is to offer secondary school students the chance to experience a taste of the tourism industry before they graduate.

If you are currently at high school, are interested in travel and tourism, then this is your opportunity to learn all about this exciting industry and gain some credits at the same time!

The Tourism Education Team will be delivering a range of short courses for NCEA Level 2 and 3 covering topics such as Flight Attending, Adventure Tourism and Tour Guiding. Courses range from 1 to 5 days in length.

ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey said she’s looking forward to meeting students from all over the country.

“Last year’s short courses were so popular we decided to visit even more regions in 2016. Students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the tourism industry and gain experience like no other,” Mel said.

“I can’t wait to inspire, motivate and educate students – it’s amazing how much they walk away with after one short course.”

I want to attend an ITC short course – how do I enrol?

If you are keen to attend an ITC short course, you need to talk to your tourism teacher at school or ask your careers advisor for more information. They will let you know if you are eligible to take part.

When are you coming to my town?

Below is an outline of the Tourism Education Team’s schedule. This could be subject to change, so please email Mel to confirm your booking.

Paihia
May 10-11: Flight Attending Short Course
May 12-13: Tourism Short Course
June 14-15: Adventure Short Course
August 2-3: Tourism Short Course
August 4-5: Adventure Short Course
September 6-7: Tour Guiding Short Course

Whangarei
April 5-6: Flight Attending Short Course
June 16-17: Flight Attending Short Course
September 8-14: Tourism Short Course

Tauranga
August 10-11: Flight Attending Short Course

Rotorua
July 27-28: Level 2 Tourism Taster Short Course

Taranaki
June 21-22: Tour Guiding Short Course
June 23-24: Flight Attending Short Course

Wairarapa
May 3-4: Flight Attending Short Course

Wellington
May 5-6: Flight Attending Short Course
August 24-25: Tourism Short Course

Nelson
May 25-26: Flight Attending Short Course

Christchurch
June 28-29: Flight Attending Short Course

Queenstown
June 29-30: Tourism Short Course

If your region is not included in this list, then don’t worry – we may still be able to come to you. We can arrange a short course in any area by request. Simply get in touch with Mel to discuss.

The Tourism Education Team looks forward to meeting you on the road in 2016!

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Leap Year Promo: Save 50% on all ITC Online Training short courses

Posted on 03/02/2016 by
Leap into airline, travel and tourism by taking an ITC Online Training short course! To celebrate 2016 being a leap year, all courses are 50% off until February 29.

Leap into airline, travel and tourism by taking an ITC Online Training short course! To celebrate 2016 being a leap year, all courses are 50% off until February 29.

Would you like to study airline, travel or tourism, but are currently unable to commit to a full-time course? ITC Online Training could be the solution you’re looking for. This interactive learning platform offers several online courses with prices starting from just $19.

To celebrate 2016 being a Leap Year, we’ve discounted ALL ITC Online Training short courses by 50 per cent. This could be the perfect time to leap into the tourism industry!

You can purchase as many courses as you like and enjoy this half-price discount. All you need to do is enter the promo code ‘promofeb2016’ at the checkout. This offer runs from February 1-29, so you have plenty of time to make the most of these affordable prices and learn a new skill.

Are you ready to take the leap?

About ITC Online Training

Unlike full-time courses which are taught by tutors and have regular assessments – and usually require at least a six month commitment – ITC Online Training courses can take as little as 20 hours to complete.

When you purchase an ITC Online Training course, you will have access to specialised information about airline, travel or tourism. You can then test your knowledge by taking interactive quizzes. The courses are intended to provide you with an introduction to the industry.

ITC Online Training offers courses in the following subjects:

Ground Handling and Airport Crew
Do you dream of working at an airport? This course will teach you about what it’s like to work at the check-in counter, an airline’s customer service desk or in customs/immigration. Buy now.

Cabin Crew
Would you love to work as a flight attendant? Discover everything you need to know about this exciting career choice. Buy now.

Careers in Tourism and Travel
If you’re thinking about a career in tourism and travel, but you’re still not sure this is the path for you, this course will help you decide. A great introduction to this industry, the course covers topics such as domestic and international tourism, tour guiding, working in a travel agency and more. Buy now.

Selling Skills
Sales is a large part of many travel and tourism jobs. Whether you’re selling holidays, accommodation or activities, it helps to have a few selling skills up your sleeve! This course will help you sell with confidence. Buy now.

Working on Cruise Ships
A job on a cruise ship is a wonderful way to see the world, meet new people and get some amazing experience for your CV. This cruise online training course will teach you what it’s like to work at sea. Buy now.

Winning with Customers
The tourism industry is all about helping people have an amazing holiday – so it goes without saying that you have to be great with customers. Fortunately, this is a skill that can be learned! This course will teach you how to wow your customers with amazing service. Buy now.

Tour Guiding
Working as a tour guide is definitely a lot of fun! You get to show people around and help them have a great time. Take this course and learn if you have what it takes to be an amazing guide. Buy now.

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Highlights from 2015

Posted on 23/12/2015 by
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From appearing on a Good Morning Advertorial to enrolling three people from the same family, 2015 was a great year for Study From Home.

At the end of every year it’s nice to look back at what has been accomplished over the past 12 months. For the ITC Study From Home department, 2015 has been a big one! Here are our top three stories from this year.

3. A family affair: ITC graduate inspires daughters to study tourism

We’ve been lucky enough not to have one, not two but THREE members of the Hicks family enrol in a Study From Home course.

Mum Robyn was so impressed with the qualification she received from ITC that she encouraged her daughters to pursue this exciting career choice.

It’s been brilliant having the family with us – we look forward to seeing what they decide to do next.

2. Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

If there’s ever been a shining example of ‘when there’s a will, there’s a way’, it’s Michelle Laidlaw. This motivated mum of 7 decided to set up her home office in her wardrobe when she was running short on study space.

If this story doesn’t inspire you to achieve your goals in 2016, we’re not sure what will!

1. Study From Home appears on Good Morning

The ultimate highlight of 2015 was going into the Good Morning studios to film an advertorial. ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey and her beautiful six-year-old daughter Aria were the stars of our advert – Aria did an exceptional job.

This marketing opportunity allowed us to share our services with a wider audience, and we’ve enrolled several new students as a result. Thanks Good Morning!

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A family affair: ITC graduate inspires daughters to study tourism

Posted on 09/12/2015 by
Robyn Hicks and her daughters Chelsea and Katharine have all studied tourism with ITC via distance learning.

Robyn Hicks and daughters Chelsea and Katharine studied tourism with ITC via distance learning.

Passion for travel and tourism runs strong in the Hicks family. When mum Robyn enrolled in a course at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), little did she know she would soon inspire her daughters to do the same.

Fast forward a few years, and now Robyn’s two daughters, Chelsea and Katharine, are both well on their way to completing the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3 through ITC’s distance learning arm, Study From Home.

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TIA: ‘Tourism supports 1 in 8 jobs in NZ’

Posted on 11/11/2015 by
The tourism industry is one of New Zealand's largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

The tourism industry is one of New Zealand’s largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

Wherever you live in New Zealand, tourism could be an excellent career choice. As highlighted in a recent press release by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA), the sector supports many jobs throughout the country.

“Tourism supports one in every eight jobs in New Zealand,” says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.

Mr Roberts acknowledged the nationwide importance of the sector in a press release about the Productivity Commission’s upcoming Tertiary Education Review. This review will assess New Zealand’s tertiary education system and consider new strategies moving forward.

The TIA is hopeful this review will reveal ways to ensure tourism education in New Zealand is of a high standard. As tourism grows, tertiary providers will significantly help prepare students for a career in this exciting industry.

“Our rapidly growing tourism industry requires many more people with the right skills to deliver outstanding experiences to both international visitors and New Zealanders travelling in their own country,” says Mr Roberts.

The TIA intends to work with the Productivity Commission throughout the review process “to identify the best ways to deliver tertiary education and training to tourism and hospitality students that meets the future needs of employers”.

As it stands, approximately 50 tertiary institutions teach some tourism and hospitality courses. The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is one of few providers specialising solely in airline, travel and tourism training.

If you live in regional New Zealand, you can gain a tourism qualification with ITC via distance learning. We currently offer four national qualifications; three at Level 3 and one at Level 4.

Tourism is one of few industries that has a strong presence in both large cities and small towns. There is a wide variety of tourist attractions throughout New Zealand, creating jobs in most regions – a topic we’ve been exploring in-depth in our Tourism Spotlight series.

Enrolling in a Study From Home course for 2016 could help you get your tourism career off to a flying start, no matter where in the country you live.

For more information about our 2016 courses, please get in touch today.

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Get a taste for the tourism industry with an ITC online short course

Posted on 07/10/2015 by
ITC Online Training is an affordable way to learn more about the tourism industry without committing to a full-time course.

ITC Online Training is an affordable way to learn more about the tourism industry without committing to a full-time course.

Choosing what to study is a big decision. How do you know which industry is right for you? What if you’re torn between multiple subjects? If only there was a way to help you make up your mind…

Introducing ITC Online Training: a range of short, interactive online courses that you can take from home, at your own leisure.

These courses are the perfect opportunity to get a taste for the tourism industry without committing to full-time study.

Even better, there are courses to suit all budgets. ITC Online offers FREE taster courses and several introductory lessons for as little as $19. The most expensive online course is less than $250 – an affordable alternative to a six-month qualification.

Here are some of the topics you can learn more about with ITC Online Training:

 
ITC launched these courses as a way to make education about the airline, travel and tourism industry more widely available to people all around New Zealand and the world.

“You can sign up for a short course from anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet and a computer or tablet,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“This means people are no longer limited by their location or circumstance – everyone has the opportunity to learn more about this exciting industry. With several free taster courses to choose from, as well as a range of options available for less than $250, this is an affordable way to advance your education.”

The full list of online courses is available on the ITC Online Training website. If you have any questions about our courses, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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Highlights from Orientation Day

Posted on 09/09/2015 by
The Orientation Day includes fun group activities, including a short assessment - you'll walk away from the day with your first credits towards the course

The Orientation Day includes fun group activities, including a short assessment – you’ll walk away from the day with your first credits

Did you know all of our courses include an Orientation Day in Auckland? Held at one of our fabulous campuses, this compulsory, full-day workshop is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know your tutors and fellow classmates.

The most recent Orientation Day was in August and held at the ITC City Campus. Our students travelled to Auckland from all around New Zealand to attend this valuable workshop. We promise it’s worth the journey – in fact, according to Study From Home Team Leader Carla Sutton, Orientation Day is often the key to ensuring every student gets off to a flying start.

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New Zealand’s tourism boom: it’s not just about Auckland!

Posted on 02/09/2015 by
Some of New Zealand's most popular tourist activities are located outside the big cities, such as Kaitiaki White Water Rafting

Some of New Zealand’s most popular tourist activities are located outside the big cities, such as Kaitiaki White Water Rafting

When we say the New Zealand tourism industry is thriving, we really mean the New Zealand tourism industry is thriving – we’re not just referring to Auckland. Although our largest city may attract the lion’s share of media attention, tourism is also soaring in the regions. There are plenty of exciting career opportunities in NZ’s smaller towns, from the far north to the deep south.  

This is why we launched our Study From Home programme; so we could deliver excellent airline, travel and tourism training to all New Zealanders, not just Aucklanders. If you live outside of Auckland, and are thinking about your future career, maybe it’s a good idea to consider tourism. This people-focused industry is expected to grow steadily over the next decade and beyond, setting you up for amazing career opportunities.

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Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

Posted on 26/08/2015 by
Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle's innovative home office is a shining example of 'when there is a will, there is a way".

Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle’s innovative home office is a shining example of ‘when there is a will, there is a way”.

Where do you go when you want some peace and quiet away from your children? Why, the wardrobe, of course!

When Michelle Laidlaw decided to study from home, she knew she would need a secluded place where she could concentrate on her work without distractions. So the motivated mother of seven got creative and converted her bedroom wardrobe into a cosy home office.

“With my course related costs I brought myself a new computer and measured up my wardrobe. I then drove to the Warehouse Stationery with my tape measure in order to find a desk that would fit into my wardrobe so I could close the doors when not in use,” Michelle explained.

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Travel Q&A with ITC Tutor Lynelle Panton

Posted on 07/05/2015 by
New York City is the next destination on Lynelle's travel wishlist

New York City is the next destination on Lynelle’s travel wishlist. Photo credit: Josh Liba // Flickr Creative Commons

Lynelle Panton is a Tutor on the ITC Study From Home team. She shares some of her favourite travel memories with us in today’s blog.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

I did a lot of moving around when I was younger and always thought I am never going to move as an adult, but quickly realised that with all the moving I got to see some pretty amazing places and experience things I might never have had the chance to if I hadn’t.  I think when I was at high school lots of my friends were talking about studying and going off to do big OE’s and live overseas, and I knew I didn’t want to live anywhere else but NZ but still wanted to travel.  For me the most logical career was in the T and T industry.

What is your fondest travel memory?

When I was about 11 we had a 3 week holiday around the South Island.  I loved every minute of it.  We really do have a beautiful country with lots to see and do.  It makes you realise how lucky we are.

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Travel Q&A with Study From Home Manager Carla Sutton

Posted on 15/04/2015 by
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Study From Home Manager Carla Sutton knew she wanted to work in travel as soon as she stepped into a travel agency with her parents at age 13

Carla Sutton is the Manager of ITC’s Study From Home programme. Originally from the Netherlands, she has travelled extensively and has a passion for learning about different cultures. Here she shares her fondest travel memories.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

When I was 13 years old, I went with my parents to book our trip to the USA. That’s when I realised I wanted to be a travel agent. I picked all the relevant subjects at school (geography, languages, economics), finished high school, and enrolled at one of only two private travel & tourism institutes in the Netherlands. It was difficult to get in, there was lots of competition!

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Three reasons why you should consider a career in travel and tourism

Posted on 09/04/2015 by
A career in the travel and tourism industry is full of fun, adventure and variety

A career in the travel and tourism industry is full of fun, adventure and variety

Are you thinking about changing careers? Here are three reasons why you might want to consider working in the exciting travel and tourism industry.

1. The New Zealand tourism industry is booming

Did you know 1 in 11 people in New Zealand work in tourism? This number is only expected to grow as more and more international tourists travel to our beautiful country.

The government is investing heavily in marketing New Zealand to oversears visitors and these efforts seem to be paying off. According to an article published last week in the International Business Times, “New Zealand is in the international limelight”.

The article continues: “In 2015, it [New Zealand] is basking in the glory of having surpassed all records in terms of huge tourist arrivals.”

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Travel Q&A with ITC Tutor Richard Euston

Posted on 01/04/2015 by
ITC Tutor Richard has been all around the world, but beautiful Rarotonga remains the favourite place he has visited.

ITC Tutor Richard has been all around the world, but beautiful Rarotonga remains the favourite place he has visited. Photo Credit Robert Linsdell // Flickr Creative Commons

Richard Euston joined the International Travel College of New Zealand’s Study From Home team in January 2015. We asked him a few questions about his travel experiences so far.

What is your fondest travel memory?

There’s a lot to choose from but I would have to say our honeymoon. We stayed at the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore and also spent time in Bali in an amazing villa with it’s own pool.

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How to create a dedicated study space at home

Posted on 05/03/2015 by

Does your home study space put you to sleep? Don't worry, we've come up with some tips to create a study space that works for you. Photo credit: CollegeDegrees 360, Flickr Creative Commons

Does your home study space put you to sleep? Don’t worry, we’ve come up with some tips to create a study space that works for you. [Photo credit: CollegeDegrees 360, Flickr Creative Commons]

One of the most challenging aspects of studying from home is creating a space where you can concentrate on your learning with absolutely no distractions.

It’s far too tempting to juggle writing an essay with putting on a load of washing, watching the television or preparing a meal. Everywhere you look, you probably see chores waiting to be done!

The key to success is to set aside a dedicated study space. A space you can retreat to when you need some quiet time. This is especially important if you have a family or share a house with other people.

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Study From Home appears on Good Morning

Posted on 12/02/2015 by
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From left to right: ITC Marketing Director Claire with Aria, Good Morning Advertorial Host Mel and Melissa

ITC Short Course Tutor Melissa Fey recently appeared on Good Morning to talk about the college’s exciting Study From Home programme.

Melissa appeared on camera alongside her six-year-old daughter Aria and answered questions about studying in the airline, travel and tourism industries.

In case you missed the show, here are some highlights.

So Melissa, tell us about the International Travel College. What qualifications do you provide?

ITC is an award-winning college that provides qualifications for people wanting to enter the airline, travel or tourism industries. We have a strong relationship with these industries and this helps us find great jobs for students after they finish studying.

So you actually help your students find work? What kind of jobs can they get after studying with the International Travel College?

Our graduates work as tour guides, travel agents, flight attendants, airport check-in agents, customs agents, bungy jump operators… the list goes on! Tourism is one of New Zealand’s largest industries and employs one in 10 people. We actually have employers asking us for applications for existing roles.

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ITC Launches Online

Posted on 14/01/2015 by
ITC now offers a range of online courses

ITC now offers a range of online courses

On Thursday 7 August the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) officially launched its new online learning programmes.

ITC staff and industry members gathered at ITC’s city campus for the event. Distance Learning Programme Manager Carla Sutton introduced the online courses, thanking the staff involved in creating the courses, and the industry contacts who had provided valuable feedback during their development. Carla gave special mention to Karen Houston of Training & People Development Specialists, who had written the course material.

The courses – which cover cabin crew, ground crew, tour guide, and cruise staff training, customer service, sales skills, and careers in travel and tourism – are wide-ranging in their application.

As well as providing a cost- and time-effective way for those in the industry wanting to upskill and employers wanting to provide professional development for their staff, Carla also spoke about the positive impact they will provide for secondary school students.

“Many students don’t know what they want to do when they leave school; and our school contacts have expressed concern about how to keep students at school in their final high school years. These programmes will give them a taste of the exciting travel and tourism industry and we aim to engage their interest in undertaking further study.”

The accessibility of the courses, which are available on any PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone, is one of their key benefits. Carla spoke about students being able to do lessons on the bus on the way home from school or work, undertaking stop-and-think exercises in their lunch time or connecting with their peers on the forums in the evenings.

Wendy Iceton showing on an ipad how flexible the courses are.

Wendy Iceton showing on an ipad how flexible the courses are.

Each course has a Bronze, Silver and Gold level, with Bronze providing basic course lessons and the Silver and Gold levels offering more personalised study and assessment. Gold students will have access to tutors and other students through online forums. Students who complete the Silver and Gold levels will also receive a Certificate of Completion.

A fourth Platinum option is available for customers who want to tailor the online training to their own business. This option provides flexibility in terms of branding, reporting, additional workshops and one-on-one sessions and will allow travel and tourism operators to provide highly relevant professional development to their staff.

It was clear from the evening’s presentation that a great deal of time, care and consideration has gone into developing these new programmes to meet the needs of the wide range of people interested in travel and tourism. And there is plenty more to come. Guests were asked for ideas on what other courses would be valuable for the industry and course writer Karen Houston promised she had plenty of new ideas as well.

Watch this space: http://itconlinetraining.com

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ITC Ready to Launch ITC Online Training

Posted on 26/01/2014 by
ITC offers short courses via ITC Online training site

ITC offers short courses via ITC Online training site

International Travel College is set to launch its new online short courses in August.

The online courses will cover training for cabin crew, ground crew, tour guiding, cruises, and careers in travel and tourism. Two online soft skills courses on winning with customers and sales skills have also been developed.

ITC’s Distance Learning Programme Manager Carla Sutton says the courses have been created in direct response to the needs of industry.

“We have strong connections across New Zealand with airline, travel and tourism operators. We asked them what they wanted from us and we were prepared to do what it took to provide it.”

The clear indication from industry was that ITC should offer courses that would allow all those involved in travel and tourism to benefit – from those just starting to explore their interest to those already working in the industry.

“Developing these courses for online delivery was the best way to do that,” says Carla. “It makes them accessible and affordable to anyone without the constraints of time or money to do onsite training.”

“Because people can study from any PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone it’s perfect for those entering the industry, people wanting to update their skills, or employers wanting to help their staff update their skills.”

The courses ranges from Bronze to Silver and Gold, with Bronze providing basic course lessons and the Silver and Gold levels offering more personalised study and assessment. Students who complete the Silver and Gold levels will also receive a Certificate of Completion.

The courses have been extensively trialled with the help of ITC’s staff and on-campus students.

“As with all of our training, the online courses have been designed with real-world practical applications in mind,” says Carla. “They have been written and designed by authors with a huge range of industry experience, real work skills and great teaching experience.”

Feedback so far has been excellent and ITC is looking forward to launching its new courses in August 2014. ww.itconlinetraining.com

 

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ITC to offer Aviation Course via Distance Learning

Posted on 20/05/2013 by
ITC launches Aviation via distance learning

Aviation, one of the most popular ITC courses, is now available via distance learning

The level 3 course will be titled the National Certificate in Aviation Core Skills and will prepare students for entry level jobs in the aviation and travel industries. Its particular focus is on students who want to work for an airline or airport.

ITC has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland. Since 2006 the college has also offered a number of its courses via distance learning.

“There are many people in New Zealand who are unable to come to on-campus classes,” says Carla Sutton, ITC’s Distance Learning Programme Manager. “The reasons vary from having young children to other study or work to living far away from a campus.”

Students of the new aviation course will be able to choose between a 25-week full-time course and a 49-week part-time course.

“It’s not always easy for people to fit study into a life that is already busy with other commitments,” says Carla. “So we provide specific options and support wherever we can to help our distance students succeed.”

And ITC’s students agree that it all makes a difference.

“I thought it was going to be difficult, as I am also studying at university and looking after my son, but with the help and support from fellow students and ITC, I DID IT!” says graduate Caroline.

And Sarah says: “I have had so many changes and challenges over the last 6 months, and having study on top of it all seemed to be too much at times, but all your kind words and listening ears have made what seemed impossible very possible and easy.”

As with other ITC courses, students are given advice and help to create a CV that puts their best foot forward and highlights their particular strengths. And distance learning support staff put the students through a practice interview to help prepare them for real-world interviews and boost their confidence.

ITC graduate Carla recently got a job at Menzies Aviation: “This is exactly what I want to do and I cannot believe it,” she says. “It is really happening for me! Thank you so much for your wonderful teaching and the time and effort that you have invested in me. You have no idea how much it really means to me.” “That’s what it’s all about for us,” says Carla Sutton. “Knowing that we have made a genuine difference in helping someone to change their life and achieve their dreams. We are really looking forward to being able to offer the aviation course to people who want to work in this exciting field.”

For more information, please email carla@itc.co.nz or wendy@itc.co.nz or check www.itc.co.nz.

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ITC’s Distance and Online Learning Creates “Memories for Life”

Posted on 04/03/2013 by
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Study From Home graduate Anita van der Mespel recently started the job of her dreams at American Express

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland.

Since 2006, ITC has offered several of its courses via and distance and online learning (DOL).  ITC DOL graduate Anita van der Mespel recently achieved her goal of entering the travel and tourism industry with a position at American Express.

“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me to get me to this place,” says Anita. “You have been truly amazing!”

Anita says that her time with ITC has “created memories that will stick with me for life. I’ve loved my time with you, right from the phone interview at the very beginning!”

“That’s such a wonderful thing to hear,” says ITC’s Marketing Director Claire Huxley. “One of ITC’s strongest features is its sense of being one big family – we really mean that – all the staff know the students by name and we have a huge range of activities that include our on-campus students.

“It’s important to us that our distance and online students feel that same sense of community and connection to the college.”

Many of the DOL courses have on-campus components, such as the Customer Service Workshop run in February this year.

Chantell Awheto attended the workshop and says she had “an awesome time”.

“It was nice to finally meet everyone,” she says. “The hard part is over – graduation, here we come! I look forward to seeing you all there.”

“The workshops give the students a chance to meet each other and their tutors face to face and have some fun in the campus environment,” says Claire. “Learning via distance has many advantages, but it can be isolating. It boosts the students’ confidence when they get together and see how much they have learnt.”

ITC also ensures that its DOL students are included in its prize giving and recognition of special achievements.

“Many of our off-campus students are working and caring for family members as well as studying,” says Claire. “It takes a lot of commitment to remain motivated and connected with your studies when you are not physically surrounded by others who are studying.”

One student who shows such commitment is Greg Bellett, who recently received a Spot Prize for Excellence.
Greg says: “I’m absolutely delighted and humbled to receive such an award. Too much! I’m sure you could have awarded it to any number of hardworking students in any number of classes. I’m enjoying my studies immensely and thank you for your guidance and support.”
“This is our seventh year of offering distance learning,” says Claire, “and its appeal is growing. It allows more people the freedom to upskill in a flexible and supportive environment. We hope it also encourages lifelong learning, where following your interests and passions is an ongoing process.”

Perhaps the best endorsement of that comes from Anita: “I have enjoyed it so much! Should I ever study again, I hope it is with ITC.”

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