Study From Work offers professionals flexible online qualifications.
Today we are announcing our launch of our brand new self-directed learning platform and industry led qualifications with Study From Work!
These qualifications are not focused on just travel and tourism, but on professional skills and knowledge that can offer benefits for any career or business wanting to upskill their team.
Here’s a little more about this exciting new development.
What is Study From Work?
Study From Work provides NZQA-accredited personal development qualifications for professionals looking to develop their skills and knowledge, and ultimately further their careers.
These qualifications come in the form of ‘micro credentials’, which are smaller, focused qualifications that target skills development.
For example, the first credential available through Study From Work is a ‘Human Resources People and Culture’ micro credential, which offers 15 NZQA credits at level 5 (which is diploma level). In the course, you will learn about the legislation and regulations relevant in New Zealand workplaces, the main functions of human resources, demographics and social change, and much more.
These courses are available online for any professionals to take in their own time, from the comfort of their own home or in the workplace. The courses are comprised of a combination of video lessons, exercises, tests, and activities, making learning interesting and interactive, rather than a basic read-and-answer format.
The HR, People and Culture micro credential is available now, and there will be more micro credentials available soon.
Responding to industry needs
Over the years, ITC has offered workplace training. Many of these have been successful, and each one has been met with genuine enthusiasm from New Zealand workplaces.
That’s because the demand for flexible, online study for New Zealand employees is huge.
Randstad’s 2021 Employer Brand Research found that ‘good training’ is one of the top five attributes that attract them into a job, which means that workplace training programmes can help to attract and retain staff for employers. Additionally, one in four Kiwis said they were planning to upskill for post-covid employment, which means that plenty of professionals are also looking for their own opportunities to upskill.
Especially now, learning online and upskilling for career advancement is more relevant, achievable, and useful than ever – and we already have the systems and support in place to make that happen for professionals all over the country.
These credentials have been selected specifically to fill the needs of workplaces, but also to be able to apply to a vast range of careers and roles, ensuring that any professional can benefit from learning online.
This personal development will no doubt help staff retention, give value to employees, help quickly upskill staff and give opportunity for growth in the company.
ITC has long been a leader in the online qualification space for students, and now Study From Work will offer the same fantastic online portal and support services, but with a focus on providing level 5 qualifications to anyone already in the workplace.
Ready to Check In is a revamped unit available on Study From Home, and it’s ready to take off.
Recently, the team at Study From Home have been busy creating a unit called Ready to Check In, a course that is all about aviation.
This level 3 unit is finally ready to take off, so students will be able to complete this course and earn 5 credits as part of their New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Aviation. The whole unit has been revamped to better suit the needs of the New Zealand aviation industry (it used to be more focused on Europe).
While there are many roles available across the aviation industry, Ready to Check In focuses specifically on the role of a Passenger Service Agent.
Students completing the unit will learn all the basics of the role, including the skills they’ll need, tasks they’ll complete, and overall purpose of their job.
What to expect from the Ready to Check In unit
This unit is ideal for anyone looking to work in aviation, but will be especially relevant to those hoping to become a Passenger Service Agent.
To work in this role, you’ll need:
Customer service skills
IT skills (using check-in and reservation systems)
Problem solving skills
Good teamwork skills
The unit will cover all of these areas, including industry terms and abbreviations, checking in passengers, and more.
There are two assessments during the course, one of which is a roleplay where you will check in a passenger via live video, and the other of which is an open-book written assessment.
But one of the most important thing to know about this unit is that it’s not just words on a page – it’s actually fun.
Lynelle Panton, one of the Study From Home team who helped to create Ready to Check In, had this to say:
“For me the main thing I wanted to see is that the tool was fun and interactive. I hate not having fun while learning. There is nothing worse than just having plain boring info on a screen and nothing to really capture the learner’s attention. I think with this product we have managed to do this and I think that the students will have fun along the way. We have worked really hard to ensure we have produced a product that will work for all learning styles and have lots of different types of activities and resources.”
Andrew Houston, one of the key drivers behind the creation of the new unit, adds that the variety of resources in Ready to Check In have been designed to suit all learning styles. There are written resources, videos, quizzes, visual activities and more.
This all means that the course is engaging and interactive, and it allows learners to move at their own pace in their own time.
Ultimately, it’s a fun, practical, and informative unit that ensures students will finish their qualification and enter the aviation industry ready to get to work.
Earn your aviation qualification with Study From Home
At Study From Home and ITC, we have industry sources already talking about how major airlines are desperately seeking more crew as the world opens up and people start travelling more once again.
The industry is once again employing staff across all levels of the aviation sector, and if you’re interested in becoming one of them, now’s the time to complete a qualification. You can explore our courses online and sign up today.
The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll graduate with an industry recognised qualification and the skills you need to land a job. Get in touch with our friendly team to find our more or check yourself in (enrol!) for a career in aviation!
Throughout the pandemic, many have found a new interest in learning and upskilling.
Throughout the pandemic, many New Zealanders and people all over the world have discovered a new-found interest in upskilling and learning new things.
We all remember when many Kiwis (some of us included!) tried their hands at making home-made bread during the first lockdown, and trying all sorts of new recipes. But the interest in learning and upskilling doesn’t stop at delicious treats.
Many people have taken this time to learn something new for their careers.
Upskilling through the pandemic
During the first lockdown, comparison site Finder ran a survey on New Zealanders and found that 25% wanted to take the time to do some form of study. That’s roughly a million Kiwis seeking to learn.
For some, that was in order to change their career, while others were interested in order to avoid unemployment.
This trend has continued across the past 18 months.
In September, Pluralsight released their 2021 State of Upskilling report. This report surveyed hundreds of executives in a number of different countries, and found that half of respondents (51%) said that their organisations made upskilling a priority in 2020 when working from home became commonplace.
Additionally, financial technology group Zip Co has seen “record levels” of attendance and engagement with their virtual learning opportunities. So much so, that they have launched a 10-week training program that has been extremely well received by their teams.
Upskilling with Study From Home
Study From Home has long offered exceptional qualifications that New Zealanders can earn from the comfort of their own homes thanks to distance learning.
We offer level 3, level 4, and level 5 courses online, each of which offers a focus on travel, tourism, and aviation, but which also offer many transferable skills that can be used in a variety of industries. This includes communications, customer service, cultural awareness, human resources, management skills and more. These qualifications are great for upskilling to get into a new career, or simply upskilling your employees.
For some, Study From Home offers a chance to learn something new, perhaps at level 3 or level 4, in order to enter the exciting world of travel and tourism. For others, Study From Home offers a pathway for upskilling, even if they’re already in the industry – our New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel at level 5 is an excellent route for those in this position.
If you’re looking for online study option, especially in the travel and tourism sector, Study From Home is the perfect solution. Explore the courses available that you can start at any time, and get in touch to learn more about how you can upskill and study today.
Distance learning is a wonderful way to earn a valuable qualification, and we’re proud to offer level 3, 4, and 5 courses in the travel and tourism industry that anyone in New Zealand can complete online.
For those who have earned their certificates through Study From Home, they already know the multitude of benefits of working from the comfort of your own house (only one of which is being able to work in your pajamas if you want to).
So if you’ve studied from home and realised how much you love (or simply need) the freedom of working from home as well, here’s a little more on what’s available, and what it’s like to work from home.
Remote work positions in the travel and tourism industry
Remote work is highly sought after and there are not always a lot of positions available, but they do exist, and those with qualifications are better placed to apply than those without.
For example, you may be able to find one of these work from home positions:
• Travel agent
• Customer support for a travel, tourism, or aviation business
• Guest experience manager
• Customer service agent
• Reservations agent
• Travel writer/editor
Finding remote work is often a case of keeping an eye on available positions, and making the most of resources available to you such as ITC’s dedicated employment consultants, who work to help ITC and Study From Home graduates find roles in the industry.
In some cases, you may need to gain experience in an in-person job before moving into a remote position.
What is it actually like to work from home?
Studying from home is a good introduction to working from home, but not necessarily the same.
Working from home has countless upsides. Not only do you not have to get dressed up for work, you don’t even have to spend money on work outfits.
There is no commute, meaning that you both get a little bit more time in the morning and evening, and you don’t have to deal with the stress of traffic, or the cost of transport and parking.
There are no distracting coworkers, typically less office politics, and it’s much easier to whip up lunch when you have an entire kitchen at your disposal. You can also keep an eye on kids home from school while continuing your work day, without having to take time off.
That said, there are a few things you will need to be prepared for if you’re planning on working from home:
• Distractions such as kids, pets, housework, and even hobbies
• Separating work-life from home-life
• Working without colleagues around you (although this can be a bonus for introverts!)
Working from home is extremely popular for a reason, so once you’ve adjusted to these common challenges, you’ll be ready for a career that’s as comfortable and convenient as your studies were!
Do you love the idea of distance learning, and perhaps of working from home for your job as well? Get in touch with us at Study From Home to learn more about our courses and the careers they can lead to.
Study From Home will be at the Go With Tourism Expo from May 20-22 in Auckland!
ITC is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of tertiary-level travel and tourism training, which is why you’ll find us at many major tourism events and expos throughout the country.
This May, we’re excited to host a stall at the Go With Tourism Expo from May 20-22. This will be held at the ASB Showgrounds from 10am to 3pm each day, and is a free event – just be sure to register!
Read on to find out more about this fantastic expo and how you can win prizes that will help you prepare for the tropical bubble when you come and visit our stall!
Visit ITC at the expo to win!
The International Travel College of New Zealand (known as Study From Home for our distance learning students) will be present at the Auckland Go With Tourism Expo, and we can’t wait to chat with potential future students at our stall.
The 2021 expo will be filled with tourism providers looking for employees, study options, and chances to get some hands-on industry experience.
Some of our fabulous staff will be there, and so will a handful of student volunteers, so you can ask current students about what it’s like to be enrolled with ITC and studying travel and tourism.
We’ll be chatting about our course options, what life is like on campus or if you choose to Study From Home, and where those qualifications might take you in the future. You can ask all your burning questions and chat about the tourism industry that we’re so passionate about.
As an extra perk for coming to see us, we’ll be giving away some awesome pool toys that will help to prepare you for the upcoming tropical bubble. All you’ll need to do is fill in a contact form to go in the draw.
Go With Tourism is an organisation that was launched in 2019 to help address the skills shortage in the industry in Auckland. Thanks to its initial success, the programme has been expanded across New Zealand.
Want to learn more about the expo, ITC, or enrolling? Don’t hesitate to get in touch today.
Not sure if Study From Home is right for you? Here’s how you can find out!
Study From Home is a fantastic option for earning a qualification in travel and tourism from home.
Our distance learning courses offer qualifications at level three, four, and five, and are recognised here in New Zealand and around the world. For many students, studying with us is covered under the Fees Free Initiative, and even better, students can enrol and start learning at any point during the year – there are no fixed start dates!
All that said, it can still be hard to tell if a college is right for you specifically. So we’ve compiled a list of the kinds of people who get the most out of our online platform and incredible courses.
Do you see yourself in this list?
You’re interested in travel and tourism
Do you love watching people setting off on a travel adventure and wondering what they are going to do? Are you the person in your friend group who’s always planning trips and finding the best places to visit? Do you love the hustle and bustle of a busy hotel with people coming and going from all walks of life?
A natural interest in travel in tourism is all you need to get started in an industry you’ll love. It’s one thing to watch it from the outside, but it’s truly something else to get up and spend every day working in such an exciting industry.
Are you working but looking to upskill or switch careers?
Study From Home is perfect for those who are already working and can’t take the time off to go back to college full time.
With our courses, you can study part time during your evenings and weekends. We offer a huge amount of flexibility with our qualifications, so you can maintain your regular job while earning a valuable skillset on the side that will help you make your next career move.
Do you want to spend your time travelling instead of studying?
Why not both?
We totally understand that passion for travel, and the desire to explore before doing anything else. But we also know that you can earn a qualification or two in the travel industry while you’re travelling. Just check out our recent interview with a graduate who did exactly that.
The Study From Home courses allow you to study anywhere at any time, so you can definitely tick off that travel bucket list while you work towards a qualification.
You want to study but can’t move cities
New Zealand has plenty of fantastic colleges and universities, but they largely based in cities and towns, which isn’t always easy if you can’t (or don’t want to!) move to study.
When you choose Study From Home, you don’t even need to leave your living room to earn your qualification. Make yourself comfortable in your home office, on the couch, or even in bed, and study wherever suits you best.
Save your money on travelling to and from college or paying rent to study in a major city, and instead use it to go on an adventure, discover our beautiful country and gain qualifications all at the same time!
You’re looking to get back into the workforce
Due to illness, injury, having kids, or any of the other things that can pop up in life, many people take a break from the workforce. You don’t need to have to explain your situation with Study From Home, you just need to get your work done at your own pace.
If you don’t know where to start in getting back into the swing of things, earning a qualification at home can be the perfect place to begin. This will set you up with skills and knowledge to work in countless roles around New Zealand.
Do you tick one of these boxes?
People enrol at Study From Home for all sorts of reasons. Whether you see yourself in the list above or have your own reason, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch today to find out more, enrol, and get started!
ITC offers flexible study options, so you can earn your qualifications no matter what life throws at you.
Continuing with your studies after high school is a wonderful way to earn an education at a higher level, and to gain knowledge and skills specialised for your future dream career.
Unfortunately, not all universities and colleges make that as straight-forward as it could be. Many demand in-person attendance from Monday to Friday, with few options for flexibility, even if you desperately need it.
ITC understands that for some, tertiary study isn’t as simple as just showing up to class every day. We know that life can throw things at you that make a ‘normal’ study schedule practically impossible, no matter how badly you want to earn your qualifications.
That’s why we’ve made sure our courses are as flexible as possible. That they work with you rather than against you, so you can graduate with a valuable qualification, no matter how many challenges you face along the way.
Part-time or full-time study
If you’re ready to commit to full-time study and earn your qualifications as quickly as possible, you can certainly do so at ITC. This is a great way to throw yourself into tertiary study and work your way through your certifications.
However, if you have other commitments, such as a part-time job or a family to look after, we know that full-time study might be too much to add to your already-full plate. In this case, you can study with ITC part-time, which allows you to earn your qualifications without sacrificing time with your family or your work schedule.
Choose your campus
ITC currently offers three campus locations, so if you wish to study with us, you can pick the one that is best suited to you.
Standard colleges and universities often only have one campus, which requires many students to relocate in order to complete their qualifications. With us, you may be able to find one much closer to home.
Campus study and online options
If you don’t live near one of our campuses, or you prefer not to commute at all in order to earn your qualification, you can always opt to study online.
Study From Home is ITC’s online option, which lets you earn the exact same level 3, 4, and 5 qualifications, but all from the comfort of your own home. All you need is your own laptop and a reliable internet connection, and you can sign up.
One of the best parts about studying online is that there are no set term dates. This means you can begin your studies at any point in the year, and even work through them even faster than the usual course if that better suits your schedule. This gives you the ultimate flexibility of being able to learn from home, while still gaining the same great qualifications as in-person students.
In late 2019 and early 2020, one ITC student discovered just how beneficial this online learning option can be. Jessica Collingwood began study with ITC in person, but she soon began having serious health issues, and had to spend large amounts of time in hospital. Not wanting to give up her studies, ITC helped her switched to our online learning portal, so she was able to finish her certificate despite her massive challenges. You can read more about her story here.
Four-day study week
Companies and organisations around the world have started experimenting with four-day work weeks, as more and more people believe that we can be just as productive – but far happier and less stressed – than sticking to the same old five-day work week.
In 2021, ITC has moved to a four-day study week, which means that students attend courses from Monday to Thursday, enjoying their Fridays to themselves to relax, spend time with family and friends, study, or even work.
We believe this flexibility gives students much greater control over their own time, and still allows them to graduate with a fantastic qualification at the end of each course.
Here are just some of the ways ITC has made study possible thanks to our flexible options:
During Alert Level 4, tutors offered to drop off resources to certain students who were unable to collect due to personal circumstances.
Relocation from one campus to another when a student has moved cities
A student with a 7 month old baby and couldn’t always be on campus, but is a visual learner and doesn’t want to just study from home. We’ve offered “Blended” learning. She will be signed up as a campus student, but will be allowed to SFH to get the best of both worlds.
One student did not have a device during Alert Level 4, and only a small phone to complete an assessment. So we read the questions over the phone and she wrote her answers on paper where she took photos of it all and sent them in for marking.
ITC Tutors teach using various ways to cater to different students’ needs. For example, by combining visuals (by writing pictures, and using the boards), auditory (letting students read the text), write and read by asking them to write what they have learned for each session, and kinaesthetic (letting them make a plot for the drama and act which is related to the topic).
A student was working full time during Alert Level 4 and was unable to attend class sessions. So we arranged time with her 1:1 after work around 7pm to update her.
1:1 tutorial time with tutors whether that is on campus, online or via phone. Tutors will be there for students if they are not busy taking a class.
A couple of students began with Study From Home, but found they would prefer to study in person, so switched to on-campus with ITC!
One student was so keen to start work in the industry that they sped up their studies by studying level 3 in the morning on campus and level 4 in the afternoons at home.
One student switched from on-campus study to Study From Home in order to care for a sick family member.
A student was looking to drop out because she’s not computer savvy and was frustrated as she wasn’t keeping up in class. After sitting down and discussing the issue, we agreed to print out her workbooks to better suit her learning style. She has since taken a 180 degree turn in class and is doing very well.
If you’re at all concerned about committing to study this year in case life throws you a curve ball, remember that flexible study options can mean you won’t have to give up your education. Get in touch with us to chat about your options and find out more.
Still deciding where to enrol for distance learning in 2021? Here are the top questions to ask providers.
As we begin the new year, there are countless would-be students around the country wondering where they should enroll. Which provider will offer the best education? The best stepping stone into the industry of their dreams?
It can be a challenging decision, and one that only you can make. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve put together our list of the most important questions to ask your potential providers. Their answers should help you to make your decision!
Here are our 9 top questions, and the answers you’ll get from Study From Home!
What relationship does the provider have with their industry?
Study From Home works closely with employers from the airline, aviation, travel and tourism industries. We meet with our Industry Advisory Board 3-4 times a year to ensure our courses are well-aligned with industry requirements.
Our industry connections ensure that our graduates have the most up-to-date range of practical skills, knowledge, and technical abilities needed for their new career.
What happens at the end of your studies?
Towards the end of their studies, our students have access to extensive careers training which will prepare them for interviews and employment. They will have meetings with their online tutors to discuss making those plans a reality.
What job placement opportunities and careers preparation do they offer?
We have two dedicated employment consultants who focus on helping students to find placements in the industry. Both Sarndra and Nicky help Study From Home students and graduates gain employment in the airline, travel and tourism workforce. This is true whether you’ve just graduated, or are looking for a new job years after graduation.
They do this by:
Assisting with the final check of students’ CVs
Assisting with interview preparation
Helping students find part-time employment during study
Informing students about work experience and volunteer opportunities
Instilling and inspiring good work ethic values
Providing support, encouragement, and HR advice
What is the experience or background of the tutors who teach students?
The tutorial team is hand-picked for their extensive travel industry experience within New Zealand and overseas. They offer a real depth of skill and expertise and their strong industry knowledge makes them a valuable resource for students.
In fact, our tutors need to have at least 3 years previous experience in a travel and tourism role prior to being employed. This means you know what we deliver is from our own experience and not just from a text book.
We are also proud to be a selected member of Quality Education (winners of 4 ST Star Awards for ‘School Association’). Based in the UK, Quality Education is a brand that brings together a selection of the very best independent English language schools and colleges from around the world. Quality Education schools/colleges are regularly evaluated and monitored to ensure the highest quality is maintained.
What are some of the success stories of your previous students?
We love to stay in touch with past graduates, and we often hear about some of their success stories.
What exposure to the industry does the provider give you during your studies?
Study From Home holds regular Industry Expos and presents videos of our guest speakers from a variety of industry businesses. These employers are invited to speak to the students and give them an insight to possible career paths, and these events are an excellent networking opportunity for our students and often lead to work experience placements.
We have also teamed up with IEP Working Holidays to help facilitate international exchanges for students to gain experience in the hospitality industry. Participants on the Work USA 12 month program will work at The Broadmoor five-star AAA Five-Diamond resort in Colorado Springs.
What makes you different?
When you are a part of the Study From Home family at ITC, you’ll notice something special about us. Here you’ll not only find a comfortable learning environment, but something more. You’ll find a spirit of warmth and friendliness, a positive attitude that is shared by everyone and a sense of achievement and professionalism between staff and students. Even though our students are online, they are able to reach out to our expert tutors for support and assistance whenever needed.
We have tutors from the industry, an outstanding relationship with employers in our industry, and employment consultants that work full-time to assist students with gaining work experience through part-time work whilst studying, and employment once graduated.
Our industry connections ensure that graduates have the most up-to-date range of practical skills, knowledge and technical abilities needed for their new career.
It’s more than a qualification to us. We want our students to reach their career goals and we support that journey from the moment they enquire about our courses. We regularly meet as a team to always strive to ensure we are doing the very best for our students and staff.
Have you achieved recognition or awards?
As multiple winners of the New Zealand Tourism Award, including the prestigious Distinction Award, ITC truly is a leader in its field. The college is consistently recognised for excellence in its field through awards, a true testament to the quality of the courses and the skill of the tutors.
“We enter awards to demonstrate to our students and industry partners that we are confident in our ability to achieve excellence and that we are prepared to be judged,” says Chief Executive, Claire Huxley.
“Going through the awards entry process is incredibly valuable. We put our business under the microscope and identify where we are excelling and where we can make improvements. And most importantly, entering awards allows us to prove that we are the best at what we do.”
If you have any further questions of your own, don’t hesitate to reach out today!