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Rhodri Thomas

I am delighted to announce that ITT has launched a new initiative to identify University Centres of Excellence - leading universities committed to driving up professional standards via close collaboration with ITT.

Successful universities can expect the following benefits:
• Use of a dedicated ITT Centre of Excellence logo
• Support when organising periods of industrial placement for lecturers
• Access to high level industry speakers
• Access to senior industry figures for research purposes
• An annual ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award certificate

The initiative reflects ITT’s on-going commitment to working in partnership with universities and I am sure will be welcomed across the higher education sector. Click here for more details.

On another matter, ITT and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) recently hosted a successful round-table event which brought together senior academics from the Universities of Cardiff, Cambridge, Exeter and Leeds with senior personnel from the travel industry. The aim of the event was to consider how academic research might contribute to current industry thinking on the implications of climate change for businesses. Click here for a report of the event.

Our intention now is to find new ways of building on the success of this event by developing novel and effective means of knowledge exchange. In the meantime, we continue to publish ‘research nuggets’ on the ITT website. Click here for details.

As ever, suggestions for strengthening connections between industry and universities are always welcome. Please email me: r.thomas@leedsmet.ac.uk

Professor Rholdri Thomas
Leeds Metropolitan University

Make UKSP work for you!


UKSP is a free one-stop shop for information on jobs, careers and training in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry. Set up by People 1st, this information, advice and guidance (IAG) website has been set up help job seekers, employers and providers alike. UKSP is also the number one source of IAG for those teaching the Diploma in Travel and Tourism. Click here for more information.

Competition Winners


Congratulations to ITT Member, Laura Locke of Suffolk Business School who won a week for two in a deluxe room in the Maracaibo Aparthotel WTM 2009 Draw.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

I’m happy to say that despite the year’s ups and downs, ITT’s focus on professional development, training and education has remained a priority.

Since the last tuITTion, we’ve been working on the development and launch of our new Centres of Excellence scheme for universities, as well as continuing to work closely with People 1st on industry initiatives such as the new Diploma in Travel and Tourism, the Apprenticeship review and the national skills agenda.

This year, the ATP scheme, developed by ABTA in association with ITT, has really started to take off with companies such as The Co-operative Travel, Virgin Holidays and the Midlands Co-operative joining up.

Finally, this year’s WTM was the most successful yet for ITT. Our seminar programmes were extremely well attended and the inaugural ‘Future You’ conference, run in collaboration with the Tourism Society, was the biggest event of the week!

On behalf of the Education and Training Committee, may I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Claire Steiner F Inst TT

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Future You at World Travel Market

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ITT and The Tourism Society welcomed over 350 travel and tourism students to the inaugural ‘Future You’ conference at World Travel Market on 12 November.

The conference gave students an insight into the variety of careers in the travel & tourism sector. They were also given hints and tips about applying for jobs and promoting themselves to prospective employers.

Students heard from Sally Mawson at GoSkills about careers in the passenger transport industries, from transport planners to airline crew and train drivers. Elizabeth Hegarty from London City Airport and Sam Biggs from Ripleys Believe it or Not! gave valuable advice on the skills and attributes students will need in the workplace. Ian Birbeck from the charity Projects Abroad, spoke about volunteering work and the skills volunteers develop through working in other countries – all of which are highly valued by travel and tourism employers. Finally, Bruce Martin from New Frontiers gave an entertaining talk on how students should sell themselves to prospective employers, as well as what not to put on their CV!

Our thanks go to all the speakers and our fabulous moderator, Danny Waine. Their generous support made this event possible and the feedback from students and lecturers has been fantastic.

FE Student Competition from Enterprise UK

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Enterprise UK is introducing an exciting new competition for FE travel and tourism students, where the winners will be invited to run their business for real.

The organisers of ‘Start Up: Travel and Tourism’ are looking for companies willing to get involved. This could be in the form of a visit to a college, some e-mentoring, production of resources, provision of prizes; or you could have an idea yourself about how to share skills with college students. In return, Enterprise UK will promote your business on its website website and in press releases.

This competition fits in well with the advanced level of the Diploma in Travel and Tourism and could form the basis of a Travel and Tourism related project. The Diploma team are talking with Enterprise UK on developing this relationship.

If you would like to contribute in any way, or are interested in hearing more, please contact Luc Benyon on 020 7430 8071 or luc@enterpriseuk.org or visit www.enterpriseuk.org for more information.

Accredited Travel Professional

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For those hoping to gain ATP points, ABTA has launched ‘All About ABTA’, free online training developed by Travel Uni. Click here for more details.

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