ITT shows its commitment to careers and education by recognition of good practice, student awards, consultancy and much more.
ITT runs an Education & Training Committee chaired by ITT Board Director Claire Steiner. Claire organises student events on behalf of ITT, such as the hugely popular 'Future You' seminar at WTM.
She also represents ITT on external education/ industry bodies. Educational partnerships are an important part of ITT’s careers and education work.
|The most recent being with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership, a multi-country educational programme to introduce students to careers in travel and tourism.|
University of Wolverhampton
As an ITT Centre of Excellence we have always placed student employability at the heart of our curriculum, and we enjoyed celebrating with our latest ITT Student of The Year, Sam Royston, back in July.
This year we are launching a pilot hotel school in partnership with our Estates and Facilities Department at the Telford Campus, which offers 460 bedrooms, conferencing suites and an impressive 18th Century mansion, that will form the centre of an exciting event venue for our students to manage.
Following a busy summer, during which we have been working on a number of exciting projects, we are looking forward to the launch of a new B2C inbound product, offered by one of our Knowledge Transfer clients for the past 12 months. We were also very excited about the launch of an exciting new research project at WTM which has been developing in conjunction with First Rate Exchange and YouGov.
Leeds Metropolitan University
Maintaining the currency and relevancy of any teaching is a constant preoccupation for educators within the HE sector. Rightly, we feel constantly challenged to use innovative and engaging methods to teach our students about this fast-paced, evolving and dynamic industry of ours. It was against this context that the teaching team of the BA (Hons) International Tourism Management from Leeds Met University were delighted to build upon existing industry links with online luxury tour operator, Holidaysplease.
Holidaysplease already offered an industrial placement opportunity for our students. This year’s student, Lizzie Dowdell commented that the operator had offered her a “great insight into working in the tourism industry”. Following a placement visit by her placement tutor, we consolidated our partnership and developed the opportunity for students to put classroom theory into direct industry application.
Students were required to research, design and innovate “ahead of the curve” new products in new destinations for our latest industry partner. Specifically the students were asked to find inspirational and sustainable holidays that will appeal to the Holidaysplease customer base. Charles Duncombe (CEO of Holidaysplease) commented at the time that the undergraduates could be the perfect people to find them. He explained “We always want to stay one step ahead of consumer demand and by inviting input from bright, young students I think we are going to get a new perspective that we might not have otherwise found”.
Discussing the speed and ease with which the project got off the ground, he went on to comment “it has been a great demonstration of how educational establishments and the private sector can work well together”.
ITT created the Centres of Excellence status to recognise leading universities keen on working particularly closely with the Institute.
Universities with Centre of Excellence status will be able to use a dedicated logo, receive support in organising industrial placements, have access to high level industry speakers, have access to senior industry figures for research purposes and will grant an annual ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award to a student identified by the university.