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.|
ITT’s Future You Conference at WTM was moderated by ITT Board Director Danny Waine, who was joined by keynote speaker Dan Pearce, Managing Director of TTG and three of the current crop of TTG’s ’30 Under 30’ Tomorrows Travel Leaders: Ben Jarman, Royal Geographical Society, Nicole Collett, WTM, and Matthew Gardiner, Choice Hotels.
Dan Pearce kicked off this year’s Conference by reflecting on 60 years of travel industry history, particularly pertinent to this year’s TTG anniversary celebrations. Following a brief overview of the industry, he focused on some of the most recent changes and innovations, before citing up-todate ABTA travel statistics. Dan set the scene for three of this year’s ‘Tomorrows Travel Leaders’ to take to the stage and captivate the audience.
First up was Ben Jarman of the Royal Geographical Society. Ben told the audience about his education and travels, telling stories of borderline bribery and negotiation, before going on to talk about his current role within the Royal Geographical Society. Nicole told her fascinating story about taking up a work placement with WTM, before going on to take a post-University permanent position with WTM after she graduated. The all important link between education and work experience was a common theme throughout the conference; as Matthew Gardiner intrigued listeners with tales about his time as a recruitment consultant, before expanding on his current position with Choice Hotels.
The event, which is organised by ITT and supported by TTG and WTM is set to return to World Travel Market in November 2014, with another line up of fantastic and inspirational young speakers.
ITT also supported the WTM Career in Travel initiative with a special clinic designed to give students the chance to develop their knowledge, understanding and exposure to the business of travel and tourism. Students were provided with expert advice from Bruce Martin of Ginger Juice and Tracey Drinkwater from Red Cube Recruitment on how to market themselves to prospective employers, job do’s and don’ts and invaluable hints and tips on building their career essentials.
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.