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Tourism is NZ’s second largest export – and more incredible facts!

Posted on 17/04/2024 by


Get the latest exciting news about travel and tourism.

After the pandemic saw a global slowdown in travel and tourism, we’re now watching an incredible shift back to regular travel around the world.

Here are just some of the latest facts and statistics showcasing just how rapidly the market is growing, and therefore how many employees it will need to sustain the demand

Tourism is our second-largest export

For example, tourism is now New Zealand’s second largest export, which is especially important as Aotearoa faces other challenges, such as the recovery after Cyclone Gabrielle.

In the Hawke’s Bay, tourism operators are seeing huge visitor numbers, with the visitor economy recording its highest ever contribution to the regional GDP in the year to September 2023. Plus, some accommodation providers in the area recorded their busiest Januaries ever.

Visitor arrivals in New Zealand increased more than 800% in 2023

New figures from Tourism Satellite Account show that overseas visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased by a massive 858.7% in the year to March 2023. That equates to more than 2.1 million people visiting our country and exploring everything there is to see and do here.

It’s no wonder so many local tourism and travel companies are seeking qualified staff to help cater to those visitors.

Tourism directly employs almost 200,000 people in New Zealand

The same Tourism Satellite Account data found that there were 189,432 people employed in New Zealand directly by the tourism industry. That’s an increase on the year before of more than 60,000 people – or 48%!

Overall, that means that a massive 6.7% of all people employed in Aotearoa are working in tourism.

International travel is set to hit $11 trillion in 2024

In 2024, the global travel market is expected to see $11 trillion spent on tourism.

This boom is said to signal a golden era of travel, and according to World Travel and Tourism Council President and CEO Julia Simpson, it’s no longer about a recovery.

“This is a story of the sector back at its best after a difficult few years, providing a significant economic boost to countries around the world and supporting millions of jobs,” she explained.

Enrol with a college at the heart of it all

Do you want to be one of the one in nine Kiwis working in travel and tourism? Do you want to get out and see the world as part of your work?

It can all start right here!

Get in touch to learn about our courses and how they prepare you for work in the industry with foundational skills and knowledge that will open doors to countless jobs across New Zealand and the world.

When you study from home, you can get started any time that suits you – even today! Take a look at our course options to see what might be best for your goals.

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5 reasons why you should choose a career in tourism and travel

Posted on 06/03/2024 by

These students are already investing in their future travel and tourism careers on our Academy.

Amongst the team at ITC, we have more than 250 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. And all we can say is: we love it, and we think you will too!

There are many, many reasons why we think you should choose a career in travel and tourism, but here are just five of the best.

1. Tourism is one of New Zealand’s biggest employers

If you’re ever unsure about your job security, keep in mind that tourism is one of the biggest employers in the country.

Recent figures show that tourism either directly or indirectly supported 317,514 jobs in early 2023. That’s a little over 11% of the entire job market in Aotearoa!

Having an industry-recognised qualification such as those offered by ITC and Study From Home is a huge selling point for anyone looking to work in this industry, and there’s no shortage of jobs out there.

2. Exciting workplaces

Have you ever visited a tourist attraction or taken a tour and thought the people working there have the best jobs ever?

Whether it’s a bungee operator, a tour guide, or a flight attendant, there are so many incredible jobs available in travel and tourism.

Just take a look at some of our student success stories to see what kind of jobs our recent graduates have been doing!

3. A fast growing industry

Tourism is growing incredibly quickly, picking up steam again after the slow down over the pandemic. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing industries on the planet, along with financial services and information & communication.

For those entering the workforce right now, that means your career could grow right along with the industry itself.

4. See the world

 Kiwis are known for their love of travel, with many of us heading away on OEs and exchanges in order to see more of the world.

Working in travel and tourism can be a fantastic way to explore more of the world. Here are just five of our recent graduates who are all overseas right now on incredible international exchanges following their studies.

Who knows where they might go next – and you could follow them!

5. Because you can get started right now!

Can’t wait to get started on an exciting career? ITC is enrolling right now, and you can either join a class that has just recently started (it’s not too late!), or begin next week on March 11 for the next New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a strand in Tourism and Travel Level 3 (limited spots available).

Alternatively, you can sign up and get started any time you like with our Study From Home option, which lets you study from the comfort of your own home anywhere in New Zealand!

Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out how you can get started in this exciting industry.

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10 things you didn’t know about ITC and our incredible team!

Posted on 24/01/2024 by

What is ITC’s connection to Sydney’s famous Mardi Gras celebration? Read on to find out!

The International Travel College – ITC – is special in so many ways.

You probably already know we’ve been helping students take their first steps into amazing travel and tourism careers for almost 30 years. You may have heard we have dedicated staff for helping students and graduates find and apply for industry roles. And you almost certainly know that you can take any of our courses online with our Study From Home option.

But there’s even more to us than that! Here are 10 incredible things you probably don’t already know about ITC, our whanau, and our graduates. (more…)

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ITC celebrates the successes of our inspiring 2023 graduates

Posted on 22/11/2023 by

We love tourism, and we’re so proud to congratulate our many graduates who have already found amazing roles in the industry this year!

“ITC’s long history of consistently working so collaboratively with the airline, travel and tourism industry in New Zealand has led us to being the first point of contact for businesses looking to recruit the future tourism workforce,” says Ceri Jenkins, Key Stakeholder Manager for ITC.

“The combination of these extensive partnerships, quality of teaching and the dedication and hard work of our Employment Consultants, enables us to provide the best service to our students to truly stand by our promises when we first meet our prospective students whilst they are still in school, or in their initial meeting with our course advisor to see which study option is best for them,” he continued.

All this training and dedication leads us to the end of each year where we look back and celebrate our many inspiring students who have gained incredible roles in the travel and tourism industry all over Aotearoa and beyond.

Job outcomes for ITC graduates in 2023 

These are just a selection of some of the many job outcomes for our students this year:

·      Activities Attendant for Big Cedar Lodge, USA
·      Airport Branch Manager for Avis Auckland Airport
·      Cabin crew for Jetstar
·      Cabin crew for Qantas/Jetconnect (multiple graduates)
·      Club Lounge Host for Cordis Hotel
·      Cruise Turnarounds for Akorn Destinations (multiple graduates)
·      Customer service agent for Air New Zealand (multiple graduates)
·      Disneyworld Internships (multiple graduates)
·      Duty Manager for Food & Beverage for Sudima Hotel
·      Flight attendant for Air Chathams
·      Flight attendant for Air New Zealand (multiple graduates)
·      Golf Club Attendant for Big Cedar Lodge, USA
·      Guest Experience Host for Auckland Airport
·      Guest services agent for Cordis Hotel
·      Guest services for Rainbows End
·      Guide and Customer Experience Host for the All Blacks Experience
·      Guide for Weta Workshop and AJ Hackett
·      Marketing advisor for Air New Zealand
·      On Board Services for SeaLink
·      Passenger Ambassador for Menzies (multiple graduates)
·      Sales & service for AJ Hackett
·      Travel Consultant for Big Cedar Lodge, USA (multiple graduates)
·      Travel consultant for Flight Centre
·      Visitor Centre Consultant for I-Site Sky City
·      Wholesale consultant for GO Holidays (multiple graduates)


These roles are as diverse as they are impressive, and represent some of the biggest industry names in travel and tourism in New Zealand.

ITC’s dedicated Employment Consultants

One of the many ways in which ITC stands apart from other education providers and tertiary institutions is our two dedicated Employment Consultants. Sarndra Stephens and Kirsten Leith work tirelessly to connect students and graduates with work opportunities, and to help them navigate the hiring process.

“It is truly amazing the turn around and speed of our graduates securing jobs well and truly before they finish. It shows that the students who have invested in education are sought after by employers in our industry. A lot of these jobs are gained through their work experience,” explained Kirsten.

“What a fabulous year it has been. It has been so exciting working with the students and opening their horizons to all the opportunities out there for them. I think I get as excited as they do when they have been accepted for an industry job and I love seeing the Facebook posts of the students heading to the USA to take up Disneyworld and other internships and see all their amazing photos. Our students are in the skies, at the airport, on land and sea and I am immensely proud of them all,” added Sarndra.

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“We provide high value relevant training and if they apply themselves to their studies and work with us through the pathway to employment programme, students will gain employment in our truly amazing industry and go on to forge rewarding and exciting careers,” stated Ceri Jenkins.

With another year successfully behind us, we congratulate our many successful students and graduates on their new roles and adventures. We also look forward to meeting our next intake of students later this month on November 27, and eagerly await to see their journeys in travel and tourism unfold before us.

If you dream of a career in one of the most exciting industries in New Zealand, studying with ITC can be the perfect first step towards your goals. Explore our course options and contact us to learn more about enrolling today.

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It’s never too late to get that dream job. We meet Carol who at 64-years-old decided it was time for a career change – and is becoming a flight attendant!

Posted on 28/03/2023 by

It’s never too late for a career change! Just ask Carol Weaver, who is becoming a flight attendant at 64.

Whether you’re fresh out of high school, have been out of the workforce for a while, or are looking to make a career change, it’s never a bad time to study at ITC or with Study From Home.

Just ask Carol Weaver, the 64-year-old who had thought about becoming a flight attendant often throughout her life. She has been working as a science teacher and career advisor for Orewa College, which is how she came into contact with ITC in the first place.

Here’s Carol’s incredible story in her own words.

From teacher to trainee flight attendant

“At the “young” age of 64 I decided to have a complete career change. I have at various stages of my life thought about being a flight attendant, but life and children always seemed to get in the way. I am currently a teacher.

I attended an ITC careers advisors’ update date where Qantas came in and did a presentation on becoming a flight attendant. I almost jokingly put my hand up and asked if there was a height or age limit. With no age barrier I started to think about the positives, something for myself to fulfil a long held dream, a fun lifestyle and complete fresh new career.

I talked to cabin crew that I knew through friends, looked at the websites for Qantas and Air New Zealand and asked a lot of questions. I then began the application process and each stage I got through made me more determined to do this. It was a little scary as I haven’t applied for a job in many years, even the CVs are so different to what I was used to but I just took it in small steps and learnt as I went along.

The end of the journey is near as I have just been taken on as a flight attendant trainee. I will have an intense training to work through but I have “googled” study tips and how to improve your memory so I feel ready to take this on.

You are never too old!”

What is Air New Zealand looking for in its flight attendants?

As the travel industry recovers from the pandemic, Air New Zealand and other airlines around the world have been working hard to employ new staff. We have loved seeing many of our graduates, such as Mar Chit, get jobs in in the aviation industry, and we know many of our current and future students dream of working for airlines as well.

So what are they looking for in their employees?

We know that Air New Zealand is looking for customer-focused representatives who can connect with others easily. They must also be resilient, reliable, passionate, unique, and fun!

The airline is always looking for people who will help them share Aotearoa with the world, who have a can-do attitude, and who will be themselves while upholding Air NZ’s values.

If you’re looking for a career change, ITC and Study From Home can help make it happen. Our qualifications and dedicated Employment Consultant could be just what you need to make a move into your dream career.

Contact us today to learn more about studying with us, no matter where you are in life right now.

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Read our reviews for the 2023 study year

Posted on 15/03/2023 by

Our ITC and Study From Home students seem to be pretty happy with their courses so far this year. See some of their reviews below!

Every year, ITC and Study From Home strive to offer the best travel and tourism education in New Zealand.

From the courses themselves to our team of experienced, passionate tutors, everything we do is designed to provide the best experience for students. That also includes a four-day study week for ITC students so they can balance their education with their lifestyles, and an Employment Consultant who works to connect students and graduates with industry roles.

Naturally, we always love to hear how we’re doing. Reviews let us know what we’re doing well, and where we can improve for next year. We recently gathered together our reviews for the 2023 tertiary year so far, and we’re excited to share them with you!

ITC and Study From Home 2023 reviews

“I have enjoyed studying at ITC so much already. The tutors and staff are all so welcoming, and the class environment is really nice too. ITC has already been really enjoyable, I am looking forward to the rest of my study here at ITC :)” – Charlotte Greenwood (Auckland City Campus)

“I’ve had a very good experience at ITC so far. I have felt so welcomed and I cannot wait for the rest of the year at ITC :)” – Jessica Downey (Auckland City Campus)

“Absolutely love it here. Great tutors. Friendly staff. Brilliant course. Overall a great environment for learning!” – Talya Upson (Auckland City Campus)

“Wonderful experience from the class back in 2017 to the opportunity to work at Disney…and more so grateful to them more recently for helping me get a role at Menzies Aviation a few months ago as a check in agent. All the staff I dealt with were excellent. Big thanks to Mike, Mel, Ceri and Sarndra!!! You are gems!” – Vanessa Arcus (Whangarei Campus)

“A great campus to study at, you’re always meeting amazing people and having great experiences. Staff and students are always supportive, fun and friendly” – Jordan Harrison (Auckland City Campus)

“I have just completed Certificate 4 in Travel and I loved every moment of it. My tutor Toni was amazing, she was so helpful and supportive. I would recommend studying at ITC to everyone!” – Deborah Pritchard (Study From Home)

“Made a lot of new friends. Best travel college ever. I can’t describe how much I appreciate each and every person at ITC. The staff is lovely and very helpful. This travel college is family friendly environment. I’m happy that I chose ITC to start my career with.” – Liliola Tuipulotu (Botany Campus)

“ITC IS A wonderful and GREAT PLACE TO STUDY BECAUSE THE TUTORS ARE very friendly and they helped us students when we struggled with any of the topics. ITC IS THE BEST THEY ALSO HELPED TO GIVE STUDENTS THEIR DREAM JOB.” – Mateaki Fonokalafi (Botany Campus)

“It has a great learning environment, all the staff are really nice and friendly” – Vianca Williams (Auckland City Campus)

“An amazing place to study. Everyone was so lovely and helpful and made lifelong friendships. Everyone was so encouraging and helped me achieve my dream job of cabin crew!” – Jenna Goodfellow (Auckland City Campus)

“Awesome educational provider! Excellent way to study at home at your own pace!” – Sonali Bj (Study From Home)

As well as the lovely notes from students, we’ve also had a number of five star reviews. We’re so pleased to see so many of our students loving the courses so far, and we can’t wait to keep impressing them throughout the programmes.

If you’d like to study online with Study From Home, we’d love to work hard to impress you, too. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today to find out more about our courses and where they could take you.

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What type of computer does someone need to study with Study From Home?

Posted on 29/11/2022 by

Not sure if you have everything you need to study from home? Here’s what you do (and don’t) need!

One of the most common questions we hear from potential Study From Home students is about what they’ll need to actually complete the coursework at home.

While you don’t need much at all to complete your online studies, there are a few things that are absolutely essential for our students.

What you need to complete a Study From Home qualification

Any laptop or desktop computer are both great options for students looking to complete a Study From Home qualification.

However, even a simple tablet with a keyboard works just as well. The tablet (such as an iPad) can access the ITC online system just as well as a desktop computer or laptop, but a keyboard is also necessary. You will need the keyboard to type in responses for all of the written assessments, and for any emails and messages with your tutor.

Also, whether you use a tablet or a laptop, it needs to be reliable. Models that only switch on sometimes or that have other major problems can get in the way of your studies. If they stop working, you won’t be able to keep working, so it’s important that whatever device you use is one you can rely on.

Another important requirement is that the device is available all the time. If you have to share it with siblings, kids, a partner, or anyone else, their time with it might get in the way of your study time, which could slow you down. Ideally, students will have access to a device of their own for the duration of their studies.

You will also need a good connection to the internet to access the coursework. Fibre is ideal because it’s so fast and reliable, but a good broadband connection will work just fine.

What DON’T you need to complete a Study From Home qualification

Here’s one of the biggest misconceptions about Study From Home: That you need a fancy laptop or computer.

You absolutely do not need the latest MacBook or high-spec laptop. All of our course materials are based on the web, so any simple, low cost, or reliable old monitor is perfectly fine for the job. For example, many of our students use Chromebooks to study at home.

You also don’t need anything specific in terms of notebooks or pens and stationery, unless of course you prefer to take notes in writing rather than on a screen.

If you’re still unsure about what you need to study with Study From Home, you can give our free trial a try. This trial lets you take a look at what the course material actually looks like, so you can do a quick exercise with the device you have at home and see how it all works before you actually enrol.

Or, you can always get in touch with any questions! Our friendly team is always happy to help and answer any questions you have about Study From Home, the qualifications on offer, the roles you might be able to apply for in future, and anything in between.

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ITC hosts an incredibly successful Industry Expo at Auckland City Campus

Posted on 13/09/2022 by

The team from Jetconnect with students at our Industry Expo.

On Wednesday August 31, we held an Industry Expo at our Auckland City Campus, and it was a monumental success.

This special annual event is a fantastic opportunity for both students and tourism employers, and we’re so excited to have seen such a great turnout and incredible connections made on the day.

The Industry Expo

Each year, we invite a number of tourism and travel employers to come along and speak to our current and potential future students about what the industry is like, and what it’s like working for them.

For students, this is a wonderful opportunity to see what kind of career options are available to them when they graduate, and what they need to do to prepare for that ‘dream job’. It’s also a chance for students to make connections in the industry and potentially set up job opportunities in the future, or part-time work while they study.

This year, we invited not just current students but opened up the event to members of the public as well, so anyone could hear from industry insiders. Plus, it was a great chance for potential future students to learn more about studying travel and tourism.

For tourism providers, it’s a great way to meet some of the up and coming students who will soon be graduating and looking for work.

This year, we were excited to welcome representatives from NZ Customs, Jetconnect/Qantas, flight attending, Sudima Hotels, Menzies Aviation, Go Holidays, Helloworld, A J Hackett, Accor Hotel Group, Haka Tours, Fullers 360, and more.

ITC’s Ceri Jenkins played a major role in organising the day, and called the event a “huge success”.

“Students were able to engage with key industry partners in a professional but casual manner which made them feel comfortable enough to ask the right questions and engage in meaningful dialogue. There were so many smiling faces around the campus with students so excited about their futures and exploring new sectors of the industry that they had not thought of previously,” he said.

One highlight of the day was hearing from several industry partners looking to set up interviews with specific students, with one employer inviting a student to visit the hotel immediately for a look around and to work part time as they completed their studies.

“Industry were so impressed with the quality of our students and the interaction they had with them on the day. Many commented about the students’ level of enthusiasm and excitement about working in our industry in the future, which in turn just made the industry partners feel so positive especially after such a challenging few years,” said Ceri.

Feedback from the industry following the expo

Our industry contacts were blown away by the quality and enthusiasm of our students, and weren’t afraid to say so.

“We really enjoyed it… We can tell that all the tutors and leaders at ITC really genuinely care about their students and where they will go after their studies. We can really appreciate the difference.” – Shelby Cooper, Operations Director of International Working Holidays

“It was great to see so many students eager to join the travel and tourism industry after the last couple of years. Attracting young people to our industry is such an important part of our recovery and ITC plays a critical role in this, so thank you for everything that you do!” – Sarah Hunter, General Manager of Go Holidays

“Glad the students enjoyed our visit, we hope to see them graduate their relevant courses and apply with Jetconnect in the future,” – Dickson Ng, Senior Consultant People of Jetconnect

“We really had a good time meeting the students and showing them a little more about what we do,” – Priel Paniora, SkyJump and SkyWalk Manager at AJ Hackett Bungy

Ready to launch your travel and tourism career?

The annual Industry Expo is an exciting event in the ITC and Study From Home calendar, but it’s far from the only time we connect with the industry, and it’s certainly not the only way we help students learn about real-world opportunities.

Our courses are designed to prepare students for work in travel and tourism with practical skills and knowledge, and our employment consultant is dedicated to connecting students and graduates with available positions throughout the year.

If you’d like to start studying travel and tourism with a college that does so much more than just provide qualifications, don’t hesitate to get in touch to learn more about us or enrol today.

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Congratulations to the first of our Scholarship winners this year!

Posted on 07/09/2022 by

We’re excited to announce some of our first scholarship winners this year! Pictured here: Students from Kaitaia College with tutor Mel.

In June, we once again opened applications for our fantastic scholarship programme. This programme offers a number of full-time students attending ITC or Study From Home the chance to have up to $5,600 of their course fees completely covered by us.

This is our way of supporting both our hard-working students, and the industry we love that so desperately needs more qualified and passionate staff.

And so far, we’re over the moon to announce we have already awarded SEVEN scholarships to students. We had many excellent applications, but here are a few words from each of our winners so far about why they want to study with us and what their ultimate goals are. (more…)

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Airport open day proves how important it is to study travel and tourism

Posted on 31/08/2022 by

Auckland Airport recently held a recruitment fair, where there were more than 3,000 jobs up for grabs.

In late July, Auckland Airport opened its doors in a massive recruitment fair. There were over 3,000 jobs up for grabs, and more than 4,000 people attended the event.

This recruitment fair was at just at the right time, only a day before the border finally officially opened fully once again. Much like the rest of the tourism and travel companies around New Zealand, Auckland Airport was looking to bring on new staff to get ready for the rush of tourists expected this summer.

Here’s a little more about the recruitment day, and why it means it’s such a good time to study travel and tourism!

Recruitment day at Auckland Airport

The Auckland Airport job fair was set up to showcase the many roles on offer at Auckland Airport.

There was a range of roles and careers available from more than 30 different organisations, which spanned everything from entry-level jobs to skilled trades, specialist roles, and jobs that required degrees.

Auckland Airport Chief Executive Carrie Hurihanganui said that the airport is a fabulous place to work, and no two days are ever the same.

“With the reopening of the border, international travel is on its way back and everyone who keeps the aviation system running smoothly is looking for fantastic people to join their teams, including Auckland Airport,” she added.

How a travel and tourism qualification gives you a leg up

A qualification in travel and tourism can offer you a huge leg up over the competition when it comes to landing fantastic roles at the airport, or in other industry jobs.

ITC and Study From Home is one of the most well-known and trusted providers of qualifications in this field. And in fact, the CEO of a major airline recently told one of our students that ITC was the place to be to earn a qualification in the industry.

Whether you attended Auckland Airport’s job fair and missed out on a role, or whether you’d like to prepare for the next one, taking this time to earn a recognised industry qualification could be your pathway to the career of your dreams.

Many of our courses are just 20 weeks long, such as our New Zealand Certificate in Travel and Tourism with a stand in Aviation (level 3), so you’ll have a qualification in your hand before you know it, and job opportunities aplenty soon after.

With so many vacancies in the industry right now, and the busy summer season around the corner, there has rarely been a better time to give yourself the leg up you need to land a great role in travel and tourism.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you have about our courses, or to enrol and take the first step in your new career!

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Why right NOW is a great time to study

Posted on 10/08/2022 by

Now is a fantastic time to study travel and tourism from home.

Have you ever thought about earning a qualification? Or going back to school to start an exciting new career for yourself?

If the thought has ever crossed your mind, there has rarely been a better time to get started and study!

Here’s a little more about why now is the perfect time to study, and how Study From Home can help you earn a qualification from the comfort of your living room.

Why now is the right time to start

“The tourism sector could struggle to meet the lift in demand given the lack of available workers right across the economy, continuing limited access to staff from overseas, and the flow of young Kiwis heading offshore.”

That’s a direct quote from economist Brad Olsen, but not a unique statement in New Zealand right now.

It should come as no surprise that tourism and travel businesses are already short staffed, but we think things will only get worse now that the border is finally open, and that summer is on the horizon.

We’re already seeing this happen in Europe. For example, in Greece, it is said that there is a shortage of 50,000 workers out of the 250,000 needed to staff their hotels. That’s just in one country, in just the hotel industry.

That means, any learner in New Zealand who starts their studies right now will be graduating just in time to have their pick of practically any tourism job in the country. From hotels to airlines to adventure tourism, all areas of the industry are going to be in desperate need of qualified staff.

What will you learn by studying online?

Study From Home allows you to earn a valuable qualification in travel and tourism from the comfort of your own home. You can choose when you study and learn at your own pace, so you can fit it in around any current family or work commitments, and still get qualified.

We offer courses at level 3 as a solid foundation for any work in the travel and tourism industry, or you can consider a level 4 or level 5 course if you are looking to upskill further.

No matter which course you choose, you’ll graduate with a strong basic understanding of the travel and tourism here in New Zealand, with practical skills in communication, documentation, and more.

Whether you’re dreaming of working in a hotel or love the hustle and bustle of airports, it’s likely that by the time you graduate, there will be a number of fantastic jobs available to you – and employers will be more than excited to receive your CV with a qualification from our industry-renowned courses!

Our team helps to make this easier with an Employment Consultant who is on hand to help connect you to industry employers and assist with putting a CV together and going through the interview process. You can learn a little more about this process with our FAQs!

And the best part is, you can enrol and get started at any time. You could even do it today!

Fill out our enrolment form online right now, or get in touch with any questions you may have. We’d love to hear from you!

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Visit ITC at the Go With Tourism Expo in Auckland!

Posted on 22/06/2022 by

Come and find our friendly team at the ITC stand at this year’s Go With Tourism Expo.

The annual Go With Tourism Expo is coming up again, and it’s set to be a big one with so many vacancies across the travel and tourism industry.

And of course, ITC will be there, and we can’t wait to meet you and stamp your passport!

The expo will be held from June 29 to July 2 from 10am to 3pm each day at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront.

What is the Go With Tourism Expo?

The Go With Tourism Expo is New Zealand’s only dedicated careers expo for tourism and hospitality. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in the industry to see just how many jobs are out there and what kinds of careers are available.

You’ll meet a huge range of potential employers, as well as colleges such as ITC where you can earn qualifications that will give you a step up in the industry.

It’s a hugely fun and rewarding event for everyone in attendance. There are photobooths and cool experiences to enjoy, and the chance to network and create connections that could set you up in your future career.

Visit ITC at the Go With Tourism Expo!

The International Travel College will have a stand at the expo where you can come and chat to us about the qualifications and courses we offer that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter the industry with confidence.

Quite a few ITC students have volunteered to help out in a number of different roles at the expo, so you might be able to chat to a current student and see what the experience is like. Also, the ITC Employment Consultants will be there to discuss what opportunities are available to graduates.

We are also one of the ‘destinations’ you’ll need to visit to have your Tourism Expo passport stamped. Once you’ve stamped all of the stall destinations in your passport, you’ll be in to win special prizes!

Visit the Go With Tourism website to learn more about this fantastic event, or get in touch with our team if you simply can’t wait and need to hear more about our courses right away.

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Apply now for your chance to win an ITC Scholarship!

Posted on 15/06/2022 by

Study From Home is offering scholarships for a number of lucky students. Enter now to be in to win.

ITC and Study From Home have just opened up applications for some amazing scholarship opportunities!

With the New Zealand Tourism and Aviation sectors currently unable to find enough skilled workers, ITC is helping people with a passion for joining the Travel & Tourism industry gain first-class skills and knowledge.

ITC and Study From Home are giving away multiple scholarships for full-time students, which are worth up to $5,600 per student. Not only that, it’s also on top of the Fees Free program, so you could have the first part of your study covered by Fees Free, and the second part partially paid for by a scholarship!

Here’s a little more about what a Scholarship entails, who is eligible and how to apply.

What does the scholarship entail?

The ITC Scholarship will pay for up to $5,600 of your course fees if you win. It all depends on the courses you apply for, as the scholarship is for the value of 50% of one full course when you enrol in two or more courses at ITC.  Imagine saving that much money on studies? You can use those funds to start travelling straight away!

The Scholarship is applicable for full-time study only, but it can be with either ITC or Study From Home. And importantly, it is awarded upon successful completion of the final course.

For ITC, the Scholarship is a way to support young learners into the industry we care about so much. Travel and tourism has rarely been in such dire need of new talent, and we know that right now, our graduates are walking straight into positions in the industry thanks to the qualifications they earn with us.

Who is eligible to apply?

 If you enrol for full-time study with ITC or Study From Home right now, and are either a New Zealand citizen or have been a Permanent Resident for at least three years, you are probably eligible to apply for the Scholarship.

You must begin your first course before Monday 29 August 2022, and you must have applied for the scholarship before the end of July 2022.

However, if you were already enrolled prior to June 1 this year, you are unfortunately not eligible to apply at this time.

Please carefully read through our full terms and conditions to learn more about application eligibility, and other terms that come with being awarded this scholarship.

How do I apply for the Study From Home Scholarship?

It’s super easy and won’t take you long! To apply, simply fill out the ITC Scholarship application form here.

Be sure to fill out this form as soon as possible and if you need any help, our friendly team are here to help you! If you are successful in getting to the second stage, we’ll let you as soon as possible. The second stage involves an information session and a chat with the team to discuss your study options.

If you have any questions at all about the scholarship or ITC courses, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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Why now is the time to study travel and tourism

Posted on 11/05/2022 by

Now is the perfect time to study travel and tourism with Study From Home.

New Zealand has officially opened its borders to travellers from visa-waiver countries, signalling that we’re once again receiving tourists. And we’re not the only country to take this step back to normality – countless nations around the world have found ways to open up to tourists safely.

As a result, the travel and tourism sector is growing at an incredible pace, with operators around the world seeking to hire new talent.

As expected, there has rarely been such a good time to study travel and tourism, earn an internationally recognised qualification, and start on an exciting new career path.

Here are just some of the news stories coming out from around the world showing just how in-demand anyone with a tourism qualification is right now, and will be in the foreseeable future!

Global tourism to recover from pandemic by 2023, post 10-year growth spurt

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that the tourism industry has been projected to return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023. Not only that, but it will also grow at an incredible rate, and create a whopping 126 million new jobs around the globe.

Speaking about the Asia-Pacific region specifically, the WTTC said the hospitality industry is likely to outstrip its earnings from 2019 in 2023, showing that even though tourism will continue to build this year, it will reach new heights again next year.

This is fantastic news for anyone looking to study in 2022, as by the time they graduate later this year, they will likely have their pick of jobs. This is especially true as it will be the first summer that New Zealand is open to tourists.

Tourism has potential to play a major role in global pandemic recovery

The International Labour Organization (ILO) recently highlighted policies that could help tourism to play a major role in helping the world economy to recover from the pandemic.

These policies were decided by a group of tourism specialists, including representatives from 86 governments, and covered a range of guidelines such as finding ways to make tourism more sustainable, and investing in the development of a skilled tourism workforce.

The report mentioned that before the pandemic, tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs worldwide, which is why it can be such a big part of the world’s recovery now that tourism and travel are back on the cards.

Cook Islands tourism industry desperate for workers

From the start of May, the Cook Islands removed more barriers to entry for tourists and travellers, signalling that more people are welcome to visit and enjoy what this beautiful place has to offer.

However, the tourism industry there is already desperately seeking workers to help manage the influx of visitors.

Business Director Steve Anderson said there are currently approximately 700 vacancies for jobs in the Cook Islands, and another expert said there are businesses that are operating with just skeleton staff for now.

For those who have always wanted to work in tourism in a beautiful island location, the Cook Islands could be a great option in the very near future!

Earn your tourism qualification from anywhere – starting today

Just because you can’t physically attend a campus to study, doesn’t mean you can’t get a qualification. Study From Home offers distance learning options for anyone in New Zealand to gain a recognised qualification online, some of which you could finish within just 20 weeks.

For example, you could enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 3, make a start today, and finish well before Christmas (if you study full time, which is 30 hours per week), all without ever setting foot on campus!

We truly believe now is the perfect time to start studying, and Study From Home can help you get a qualification in tourism that will give you a leg up in the industry.

Get in touch today to find out how you can enrol right now, and where a qualification might take you.

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Enrol now to be in to win an incredible Auckland tourism package!

Posted on 05/04/2022 by

You could win an incredible Sky Jump (and more) by enrolling now!

Have you been considering enrolling with Study From Home, or suggesting to a friend that they should enrol?

There has literally never been a better time than right now, because anyone who enrols between now and May 20 will go into the draw to win a phenomenal prize package in Auckland!

The Auckland tourism package

By enrolling with Study From Home right now, you’ll go in the draw to win this package:

  • Sky City premium room for two, a super spacious room with your choice of a California King bed or a twin room with two double beds. Valued at $288
  • Two Sky Jumps, to jump off New Zealand’s tallest building at 192 metres! Calued at $337.50
  • Nine holes of mini golf at New Zealand’s best mini golf venue Holey Moley for two. Valued at $36
  • $60 Food & beverage voucher at Dr Rudi’s, a gorgeous third-floor restaurant overlooking Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.
  • Total value $721.50

And if you’ve already enrolled? You can still earn an entry by getting a friend to enrol by May 20!

This incredible prize is worth over $700, and could be the perfect way to launch your studies in travel and tourism with us.

So what are you waiting for? Enrol with ITC right here, right now.

You can learn a little more about the Auckland experience here, and check out our few Terms and Conditions here.

Why enrol with Study From Home?

Aside from getting you into the draw to win this incredible prize, there is a huge array of reasons to enrol with Study From Home and start studying for a valuable qualification in travel and tourism.

Here are just a few:

  • Flexible online learning that works around your schedule
  • Extremely supportive staff dedicated to helping you achieve your qualifications
  • Two Employment Consultants dedicated to helping you find a role in the industry
  • Study From Home is an approved Fees Free provider
  • ITC and Study From Home have established ties with tourism operators around New Zealand
  • A variety of qualifications to work towards

If you have any questions at all about enrolling, our course options, or this prize package, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

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Introducing Victoria Whittaker: ITC and Study From Home’s newest course advisor

Posted on 27/01/2022 by

Victoria Whittaker is ITC and Study From Home’s newest course advisor, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the industry.

ITC and Study From Home recently welcomed Victoria Whittaker to the team. She’s a keen traveller with years of experience in the industry, and she has just started working as a part-time course advisor.

Between her experience, passion for travel, and love of sharing all of that with the next generation looking to enter the industry, she’s the perfect person to help guide our students through their studies.

We had a quick chat with Victoria to learn more about her career in tourism and travel, what she thinks are the most important skills for graduates these days, and where she thinks the industry is headed next.

Welcome to the team! Can you tell us a little about your history working in the travel industry?

It’s great to be onboard with ITC. I started working in the travel industry in 1999 when I landed my first job with Air NZ as ground staff at the Blenheim Airport. It was fantastic, great bunch of people, I got to know the pilots, and the baggage guys were great, it was a real joy going to work.

Even got to meet Sean Fitzpatrick!! (All Black legend).

After 6 months in this role, I had an opportunity to apply for cabin crew with Air NZ. This was the role I had always dreamed of, so I went for it. Unbeknown to me when I went for my interview that the role was for International Cabin Crew which was even better. I started this role later in 1999, I met my now best friend on my training course.

I flew for 6 years in total, 4 years out of Auckland and 2 years out of the Air NZ London Base at Heathrow. It was always about the feel good experience for the customer, as most of the people on our flights were going off on exciting holidays, or away for business, so it was always important to make sure that their whole experience was a wonderful one.

How do you think that experience will help you support students?

I enjoy sharing my experiences, and I will always have time for any student who wishes to learn more, and seeks advice.

What do you think are the most important skills anyone can have in the travel and tourism industry?

Kindness, patience, and a need to want to give the best service. I think you need to have a real passion for this industry and if you do, this will really show.

What do you think is next for travel and tourism?

I think travel and tourism will come back even bigger and better once we learn to live with Covid. People who love to travel are itching to get back out there, and our young people of today will be really ready to spread their wings. I don’t think, well, I hope that these last 2 years hasn’t put people off travelling. It certainly hasn’t put me off.

What’s your best advice for students looking to get into the industry right now?

Set yourself a goal, keep focused on it, work hard and when you land your dream job, have a good work ethic, and just enjoy every day. If you can find a job that you love, then it’s not really a job.

Are you ready to be part of the team and learn from Victoria? It’s never too late to get started at ITC and Study From Home. Get in touch to find out more about our courses and how to enrol today.

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Meet Brooke Robinson: The high-flying graduate who recently landed a job with Air New Zealand

Posted on 21/01/2022 by

Brooke Robinson is a keen traveller and ITC graduate who recently got a job with Air New Zealand.

Brooke Robinson is one of ITC’s lovely Christchurch graduates who graduated in late 2019. She completed both her Level 3 and Level 4 Certificates with ITC and attained Distinction with both.

Not to mention, she was also awarded the academic excellence award and was one of the student representatives for her class during level 4 as well.

Brooke grew up in a travel-loving household with both parents in the industry, and was always interested in following in their footsteps. After graduating ITC, she spent a year working in real estate, but always wanted to get back to tourism, so recently applied for a role with Air New Zealand – and landed it.

So of course, we interviewed Brooke to learn more about her new job.

Congratulations on the job! Was it always a dream to work with an airline?

I had always had a keen interest in working for an airline but I didn’t really know which part of an airline I would most want to work in.

While studying at ITC you learn about a roles throughout the industry you never would have known about. Working ground crew for an airline was definitely something that piqued my interest and I was fortunate enough to complete my 1 week work experience placement during Level 4 with Plane Biz, which is a Christchurch company who has contracts to complete check in, ground operations, loading and more with a lot of major overseas airlines such as Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.

It was during this week that it solidified for me that this was in fact the job I see myself doing in the future. Since then I have worked hard to ensure I have the skills and experience to land the role when the opportunity presented itself.

How was ITC (and the lovely Nicky) involved in helping you get the role?

When you finish at ITC, they never forget about you! There is always ongoing support for you from ITC well after you graduate.

Nicky kept me in mind when new jobs were advertised and I was always checking the ITC Jobs Facebook page too. When I saw this role, I emailed Nicky and she helped me look over my CV before I submitted my application. She also sent a letter of recommendation on behalf of ITC to go alongside my application. The ITC workbooks were also a great help for preparing for my interview too so be sure to keep those and review them when you head for an interview yourself!

What will you be doing for Air New Zealand?

My position with Air New Zealand is a Customer Service Agent at Christchurch Airport, which comes with a variety of duties and responsibilities.

What are your ultimate career goals? 

While studying, this is the role I saw myself in in the future and with everything that has happened over the last 2 years, I am very thankful that this has been possible for me.

For now I am very happy to be where I am but perhaps in a few years’ time, if the opportunity came, I would love to continue to grow within Air New Zealand and potentially transfer to other airports around the world to continue to deliver the exceptional Kiwi service while experiencing other cultures and cities at the same time.

Do you have any advice for current and future ITC students?

My advice would be to put yourself out there and enjoy the journey. The time you have with ITC is invaluable and you will learn an incredible amount from the tutors, other students, guest speakers and the course material. Be sure to ask questions, build and maintain positive connections and have fun!

Ready to fly high like Brooke?

Brooke is a fantastic example of what you can do when you have a goal and keep working towards it. The team at ITC is so excited to see her succeed, just as we love supporting any of our graduates into industry roles.

If you’ve got your sights set on the tourism industry, ITC can help you get there. Get in touch to find out more about our courses – or to find out how to enrol!

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Turn your summer adventures into an incredible career

Posted on 29/12/2021 by

Roy’s Peak is one of New Zealand’s best tourist attractions. Can you imagine making a career out of helping others visit places like this?

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone! We hope you’re out enjoying the beautiful New Zealand summer and everything that has to offer, from fish’n’chips on the beach, to Great Walks, to awesome sightseeing and tourist attractions.

It’s the best time of year to get out and explore our backyard, and while you’re at it, why not consider turning this sense of fun and exploration into a lifelong career that’s as rewarding as it is enjoyable?

Study for a career in tourism and travel with ITC

From Hobbiton to the AJ Hackett Bungys, whale watching, and relaxing hot pools and spas dotted around the country, New Zealand is brimming with fantastic tourist attractions. And as a leading provider of tourism and travel qualifications, we’re proud to say that we have graduates working in many of these attractions across New Zealand (and the world!).

ITC offers industry-recognised travel and tourism courses at level 3, 4, and 5.

These courses run from just 20 weeks to two years, allowing you to pick up a qualification quickly and get straight to work, or take the time to earn a higher-level qualification and take a step up in your career goals.

All courses are NZQA accredited, are approved for student loans and allowances, and some students are eligible for the NZ Fees Free program.

Working in travel and tourism

To work in travel and tourism is to have an exciting career that’s always changing, always rewarding, and always fun.

All of our tutors at ITC have some kind of industry experience, so they’ll be the first to tell you the benefits of this career, and will help you work towards your goals in the industry.

Additionally, ITC employs two Employment Consultants, who work with current students, recent graduates, and even graduates who have left ITC years before to find roles in the industry. They can help find new opportunities and work with you to improve your CV and fine tune your interview skills.

Right now, tourism is gearing up and getting ready to boom once borders reopen and things start returning to normal. We’re already seeing an increase in available roles for qualified employees, and we know that’s only going to grow once things truly get up and running again.

That means, if you make a resolution to earn a qualification now, you’ll be graduating right as tourism takes off – setting you up to step straight into an amazing role in our favourite industry.

So if you’re keen to enrol while putting your feet up over summer, you can by heading to:

Or to find out more about our qualifications, how we help graduates find roles, or which course would be best to help you reach your goal, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We’ll be back in the office in the New Year and can’t wait to hear from you.

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What’s happening around the world? An update on travel and tourism around the globe

Posted on 10/11/2021 by

The world is starting to open up. Here’s an update on what’s happening around the world in travel and tourism.

Here in New Zealand we’re working on getting our vaccine numbers up before really relaunching travel and more ease of movement, but overseas the travel and tourism industry is already heating up.

Thanks to increased vaccination rates and measures such as vaccine passports on planes, more and more countries have been able to open up for travel, and there are countless new headlines about this travel boom every single day.

With travel being so popular and airlines operating at higher levels, it has meant that incredible employment opportunities are becoming available worldwide.

Here are a select few to keep you updated.

Family travel starts making a comeback

In many places around the world, travel has been open for the vaccinated for several months. However, while children under the age of 12 were unable to be vaccinated, this made things tough for parents wanting to head away on family holidays.

Now that the vaccine has been approved for 5-12s, family travel is making a comeback.

Read more about it here.

The Airbus A380s are taking off once again

Early in the pandemic, airlines halted the use of their Airbus A380s. These planes are the world’s largest passenger airliners, and typically seat up to 525 passengers.

Recently, several airlines have started putting these planes back in the sky as travel demand picks up once again. Qatar Airways have already begun, and will be joined by Singapore Airlines and Qantas.

Read more here.

Asia-Pacific starts opening up

 Much like New Zealand, both Singapore and Malaysia aimed to completely eliminate the virus, but eventually found covid-19 in their communities. Yet with vaccines, both countries and others around Asia-Pacific have started to create pathways for travel to reboot their economies.

Vaccinated visitors from 11 countries can now travel to Singapore without needing to quarantine, and Malaysia has reopened for domestic tourism. Similarly, Thailand and Indonesia have begun easing restrictions, and of course, vaccinated Australians can also now travel home without quarantine.

Find out more here.

Travel stocks start picking up

The stock market is always a good indicator of how well an industry or company is doing, and travel companies are seeing stocks pick up across the board. From airlines to booking websites and even Airbnb, the stock market is reflecting the recovery of the industry itself.

The CEO of Expedia, Peter Kern, said it best after the company enjoyed a massive 97% growth in revenue: “Cities are picking up. International has picked up. Virtually every area has seen growth.”

Here’s the full story.

The USA reopens to Canada and Mexico

Just this week, the USA is reopening its borders to vaccinated travellers from Canada and Mexico. The borders shut at the start of the pandemic, and while travellers could fly into the country, they could not cross by land.

And unlike flights, those coming by land will not have to provide a negative PCR test, making it that much easier and more affordable for travellers looking to visit their neighbours.

See more here.

Reconnecting New Zealand with the world

Here in New Zealand, we’re excitedly waiting for our own country to open up safely so we can reconnect with the world. And the good news is that there are positive signs on the horizon.

Not only is the country’s vaccine rollout going very well and nudging us into the top countries worldwide for vaccines, the government has already announced shorter MIQ stays of 7 days (replacing the full 14 days), and suggested that it will move to a home isolation model sometime between January and April in 2022.

Read more about the plan to reconnect New Zealand with the world here.

Tourism cries out for new recruits

 Both here and around the world, the tourism industry has started hiring new recruits. They are looking for qualified professionals who can get started and help be part of travel and tourism’s triumphant return.

For those in New Zealand, the International Tourism College and Study From Home are two of the best options for students to earn valuable industry-recognised qualifications that will help them to land roles within the industry – here and overseas.

By starting your studies now, you’ll graduate at the perfect time when the industry is desperately seeking new talent.

Could that be you? Get in touch with the team to learn more about our courses and working in the industry today.

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Tourism to become an Achievement Standard subject from 2023

Posted on 13/10/2021 by

From 2023, tourism will be available as an Achievement Standard in New Zealand high schools.

In a massive, exciting announcement for the tourism industry, the Ministry of Education recently accepted tourism as an Achievement Standard subject, starting 2023.

This means that students will be able to earn Achievement Standards at levels 2 and 3 in high schools around New Zealand, and ITC couldn’t be more excited to see this pathway open up for young learners. In fact, we even had a hand in helping to make it happen.

Here’s a little more about the announcement and how ITC encouraged it to happen.

Tourism subjects to become available in high schools

As tourism becomes an achievement standard from 2023, it will not only open up a new pathway for learners to enter the industry, it also legitimises tourism as a subject – and a robust and aspirational career.

After all, tourism employs more than 220,000 people, which is a little over 8% of the entire New Zealand workforce (pre-covid). It has also been the country’s largest export, so it has long seemed like a missed opportunity not to offer tourism at this level at school.

The move also should help to increase specialisation in the sector, support parity for mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), and offer a clearer pathway for students into higher education, further training, and eventually, a career.

How ITC was involved

The Ministry of Education made the decision to introduce NCEA as a subject, but that decision was influenced by a number of groups – including ITC.

Ceri Jenkins of ITC was part of the committee of the Tourism Teachers Association (TTA-NZ) that created and presented the submission for Tourism to become and Achievement Standard to MOE. The TTA also encouraged other groups to add their voices through letters of support, and when the time came, supporting the submission with online feedback. There were many organisations and sectors that pulled together to help the Ministry see just how many groups were behind the move, and ITC is proud to have been part of it.

Julie McDougall, the Chairperson of the TTA, had this to say:

“It has been a perfect triangle of communication and support between secondary tourism teachers, tertiary tourism educators and industry which now enables secondary tourism students in the future to be able to study tourism as a subject and the tourism industry as a whole in a modern, relevant and comprehensive way.”

According to the Ministry, the move had near unanimous support from the tertiary and tourism sectors, which made a real impact on their decision.

Ceri himself said, “Being involved on the committee of TTA-NZ has enabled me to really see the huge effort that has gone into this submission and it is so pleasing to see so many organisations/sectors all pull together.”

The Tourism Industry Association (TIA), is equally excited by the announcement. TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts said that as the industry recovers, it will need people with the right knowledge and skills to fill roles, and that this move will help to “raise the status of tourism as a subject and properly educate our future workforce.”

What happens next?

 The next steps will be to actually develop the subjects that students will learn across level 2 and 3, which will take some time and plenty more industry, secondary and tertiary input, which ITC is excited to also be part of.

For students who can’t wait that long and want to start earning a qualification in tourism right now, ITC and Study From Home offer travel and tourism courses at levels 3, 4, and 5.

Take a look at the courses on offer and get in touch with any questions, or if you’d like to go ahead and enrol! We’d love to hear from you.

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ITC and SFH staff have more than 187 years of experience between them – what it means for students

Posted on 29/09/2021 by

The wonderful team at ITC and Study From Home.

At ITC, we’re big believers in lived experience.

That’s why our tutors are just great tutors – they’re experts in travel and tourism. They have worked in the industry, travelled plenty, and know exactly what it takes to not just get into travel jobs, but to thrive in them as well.

Together, they have had more than 187 years of experience, and every one of them adds something special for our students.

187 years of experience brings ITC students more than just quality education. It brings a memorable experience for everyone they interact with, support, real life stories, and expertise. The team at ITC and Study From Home ‘go the extra mile’ every day regardless of lockdowns. This is why so many students continue their studies and recommend a friend.

Recently, we asked each staff member to share what it is they do to go the extra mile for our students, especially in regards to recent lockdowns. Here’s what they each had to say!

Allison Jones – Tutorial Team Leader

“Sending students an email every morning reminding them of the amazing effort they’re all putting in during this challenging time, followed by our daily motivational/inspirational quote to get them started for the day.”

Examples are:

  • “Progress is progress, recognise what you’ve accomplished, reward yourself, don’t compare, love yourself, always keep going”
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
  • “A year from now you’ll be glad you stayed today” 
  • “Stay positive, think positive, do positive” 

Inder Singh – Tutor

“Answering students questions well and truly outside of business hours because some have to work and some work best in lockdown at that time. Marking online students’ papers outside of my normal hours and sometimes quite late because I know they will want their results quickly, and I want to get them back to their work. My days of work are not just Mon-Fri in level 4, but also some weekend work to help them when they need me.”

Daniel Maine – Marketing & Tourism Facilitator

Daniel has been calling hundreds of wonderful students who we’ve met across the country on a short course, expo or tourism chat. Daniel said that each conversation has been positive and enthusiastic, and he has been the epitome of what resilience is during these challenging times.

Michelle Chatfield – City Campus Manager

Organising extra support for a student to help not only them but their family. Helped with taking some of the pressure off them in such a challenging time. Reaching out to a fellow colleague and contacting them to just spend time on the phone with them and being an ear to listen.

Mel Jenkins – Marketing Manager

“Each day during Alert Level 4 I decided to create a clip a day for students of ITC and the staff so that I could share some motivation and inspiration. I called it Motivation Mel. As I progressed and more clips were produced, I saw the positive impact it was having so I even started sharing it with my own whanau and friends. It’s not only helped those around me but also it’s really helped me personally. It gives me a positive thing to focus on. You can check them out here, or watch one below!

Toni Young – Study From Home Tutor

“Responding to emails and phone calls outside our normal work times is an important part of the support for our Study from Home students while New Zealand is in lockdown. We understand how things are very different at home currently so we are being as flexible and encouraging as we can be!”

Sarah Rouse – Marketing & Tourism Facilitator

“Daniel, Shaz, Jax and myself have been working as a team these past few weeks, working extremely closely together, not only with each other but also to enroll short course students. Every Friday at 5pm we jump on teams and have a little wind down, laugh and chat to celebrate our week. It’s something we all look forward to at the end of a hard week. We are a great team at ITC.”

Susan Afoa – Tutor

“I held an extra class session for my home-class on Friday (which is usually off day off) but with a theme! The students had some remaining resits to do before their week holiday so thought it made sense. I wanted them to complete their resits before Level 4 starts and to also get their well needed break. I knew they needed some motivation to help them stay on track and that usually works when we are all online while they focus on completing their assessments. We then ended off with a Tik Tok for Maori Language week too.  My most recent quote for my students was “Do it now because LATER becomes NEVER!””

Sharon Roy – Course Advisor

“Being able to reach out to those that are keen on kick starting their journey into the travel, tourism, aviation and airline industry even in these tough times and have been able to sign enrolment papers to get a start on their career goal! We had lovely Study From Home students who started this week that had inquired during the lockdown, and being able to help make it an easier process for them and knowing they are students now is an awesome feeling.”

Takeyuki Morita – Tutor

“We have been having lots of time for talking about our life, and having lots of games to entertain the day inside the home as we know we all miss the social life. I also remind them how fantastic an effort everyone is making during this difficult time; I believe it is important for a tutor to let them know that they are making meaningful progress despite the challenges they are facing.”

“We have discussed a lot about how to take care of your physical and mental health during this challenging time, and shared lots of tips. I’ve put on a Shorinji Kempo Martial Arts training for our ITC students online during lockdown for our ITC students. This is self-defence training open to the students and their family members to get some exercise and have some fun too.”

Sarndra Stephens – Employment Consultant

“I have been reaching out to support students, past and present, in different stages of recruitment. Some for part time and others for full time jobs. I have also enjoyed working with students on an individual basis to get their CVs in top shape so they are ready to hit the ground running the minute they see a part or full time job they think has their name on it.”

Nicky McCutcheon – Employment Consultant

“The most motivating part of my role during lockdown has been the ability to create more careers resources which everyone can now use for their future career progression, these are already being used and constantly developing. I have also been able to continue with organising an industry guest speaker (online which is a little different for us) and I am finding some very exciting industry roles which I have been able to put forward some of our students/graduates for. They have attended online interviews with some really successful outcomes and have in turn been my inspiration! Lockdown is not stopping anyone, just giving us a few extra challenges to navigate along the way and what an amazing feeling to overcome some of those hurdles – we are always learning.”

Claire Huxley – Chief Executive

“I’ve really tried to focus on wellbeing for our team (and students). Offering wellbeing workshops, which our Marketing Manager Mel has used to create some excellent material for students and staff. I’ve helped with lobbying, and we were successful in getting the extra Hardship money for our students to support them during a tough time in higher alert levels. Another important focus has been on supporting people in any way so they can get vaccinated, even with time off.”

Louise Griffiths – Tutor

“Our Botany level 4 students complete their studies with us in December this year. Given the difficulties of studying during lockdown it’s been good to re-visit with each student what it is they would like to do when they finish in December. We’ve used this time wisely and worked with Nicky, our Employment Consultant, to assist them with their career conversations and looking at what opportunities there will be available including International Working Holidays. We need to remind them of why they are doing what they are doing and that Nicky has so many jobs available it will be an exciting time to assist them with applications.”

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Updates: The world is beginning to open up again!

Posted on 06/07/2021 by

The world is starting to open up again – do you want to be part of it?

In March last year, countries around the world slammed their borders shut. It was a shocking move, and one that largely stopped international tourism in its tracks.

Yet in an incredible collective effort, it has taken little over a year to create and roll out a vaccine, and that has meant many countries are once again looking to open their borders and welcome international tourists back in.

Here’s a little more about what’s happening around the world!

The G20 Rome Guidelines for the Future of Tourism

In early May, the G20 Tourism Ministers set out a series of guidelines for the future of tourism, which has been widely praised by industry bodies, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

These guidelines essentially outline the changes that have occurred over the past 18 months, then discuss how this global ‘pause’ can be used for future improvements in the industry. From safety and security as a major focus, to ensuring consumer confidence, and prioritising a ‘sustainable development agenda’, these governments have essentially agreed to work to improve the industry as a whole.

This set of guidelines doesn’t just look ahead to an exciting future of tourism and travel, but also seeks ways to improve the experience for everyone involved.

Borders opening to vaccinated travellers

Vaccine passports are still in the works, but that’s not stopping some countries opening up to certain fully vaccinated travellers.

France opened its doors to vaccinated travellers who can provide a negative PCR test on arrival (unvaccinated travellers must quarantine on arrival), as of early June. Greece, Israel, Ireland, The Seychelles, Poland, Spain, Germany, and numerous other countries have also announced that travellers with two doses of the vaccine (and often a recent negative test) can enter without quarantine.

It is expected that more countries will announce similar rules soon. There are some restrictions, such as for countries like India and Brazil where the virus is still out of hand, but it is overall very exciting news for the tourism industry.

What about New Zealand?

New Zealand is in a unique position in the world where we have remained largely virus-free throughout the pandemic, which means our approach to opening up will likely look a little different to the rest of the world.

For now, the focus is on vaccinating as much of the population as possible. This will help to give Kiwis protection once the borders do open up – which is why it is likely that government will wait until the majority are vaccinated before considering opening.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that right now, “where vaccine rollout in New Zealand is incomplete, the number of countries we can safely open up to is limited.”

She would not yet comment on whether it will be a case of opening once the vaccine rollout is complete, or working with some kind of vaccine passport. The government has indicated that modelling around these scenarios is in the works, so we may be able to expect potential plans in the coming months.

For now, we in New Zealand’s tourism industry are excitedly watching as the world reopens, and as New Zealand determines its own path for a safe reopening, knowing that it all leads to travel and tourism once again booming.

If you’d like to be part of this exciting industry as it booms once again, now’s the time to earn a qualification that will open doors here in New Zealand and around the world. Get in touch with Study From Home to see what our courses in travel, tourism, and aviation can offer you.

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