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 has awarded its prestigious Bella Rangal Callan Award for the Student of the Year 2012 to Elizabeth “Lizzi” Rumens.
Lizzi studied International Tourism Management and has achieved exceptionally high marks throughout her study. She spent her placement year working for Experience Holidays and whilst there she attended a Visit USA evening and there beat 130 others to a prize of a trip to Las Vegas. She has been and is, a Student Course Rep, representing her fellow students at School Boards and occasionally liaising with tutors and staff on both academic issues and school matters. She is also a Student Ambassador, supplying invaluable support on School Open Days to organisers, tutors and potential students and their parents. She has also, in all her time at the University, had to overcome significant and ongoing physical issues which she has always done, quietly uncomplainingly and with consistent good humour.
Ahead of the 2013 Student Awards, Education & Training Chair, Claire Steiner, caught up with Lizzie to see how winning the Award in 2012 has helped her.
"Being nominated for The BELLA RANGEL CALLEN AWARD for ITT Student of the Year by my University was a real honour. Having won the award I accepted it at the ITT Summer Cocktails evening held at the Houses of Commons, I was incredibly nervous accepting the award at such a prestigious venue in front of senior people within the industry that I was looking to have my future career in. The evening provided me with a fantastic opportunity to meet industry representatives; it also gave me an amazing opportunity to network with a wide variety of businesses. A personal highlight of the evening for me was meeting Bella who is hugely recognized and respected within the industry and started up the award. She told me all about her career and journey in working in travel which was very interesting.
My four years at university was such a valuable experience and it helped me to develop a number of skills and gain opportunities both personally and academically. Receiving such a recognized award has continued to fuel my passion for the industry, my future and has assisted me towards realizing my long term goals.
I am just at the start of my journey in travel, since receiving the award I have now graduated from the University of Brighton and have started working as a Business Travel consultant at American Express. In the future I hope to build my career and I hope one day I can maybe help a student with their future like Bella has helped me with mine .”
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.