Closer educator-industry ties key desire of new association

Closer educator-industry ties key desire of new association

Travel and tourism educators see building relationships with the industry as a key objective for the just formed Tourism Teachers Association.

The association was officially launched at a professional development session in Auckland yesterday, an event that was backed by AJ Hackett, Haka Tours and SKYCITY.

Chair Julie McDougall says working with such companies, plus the wider industry, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), Ministry of Education, Service IQ, NZQA and other sector bodies is important if educators are to help address key issues. ‘There is so much talk about skill shortage and the review of education, the NCEA Review and the Vocational Education review. We need to make sure we get to improve the programmes that will better prepare the students.’ McDougall says what is good for the student tomorrow will in turn benefit the travel and tourism sectors of the future.

The association has had most traction to date in Auckland, but the TTA message is definitely spreading to other areas. Callum Green, of Burnside College, Christchurch was at yesterday’s meeting to represent Canterbury.
McDougall says Wellington, Bay of Plenty and Whangarei are among regions likely to embrace the association in the near future with more to follow.