An initiative introduced this year by the New Zealand School of Tourism and TIA has encouraged almost 100 Kiwi high school students to consider a career in the hotel sector.
Hotel Tasters were held in eight hotels across New Zealand between June and October 2017 to present the hotel industry as a viable and exciting career option to year 12 and 13 students. Along with a full-day experience in a real work environment, the students met senior hotel managers and heard about their personal career journeys.
71% of the 125 participants surveyed said they would consider working in the sector.
NZ School of Tourism has been running career tasters for high school students at their own campuses for 15 years. The partnership with TIA has allowed them to take the initiative into a real hotel work environment, where students can be inspired by people working in the sector, says Stakeholder Development Manager Bronwen Wilkinson.
"Äbout 30% of students who study with us start their careers in hotels. The Hotel Tasters have enhanced the experience for potential tourism students and opened their eyes to long-term careers in the hotel sector - so it’s a very positive initiative for the sector.
"Feedback from students who participated in this year’s tasters indicated they enjoyed learning about job opportunities and possible career progressions."
TIA Hotel Sector Manager Sally Attfield says TIA is delighted to support this initiative because it’s a great way of showcasing the hotel sector to New Zealand high school students.
"We know that some fantastic careers are available in tourism. Programmes like this will help attract more New Zealanders to work in tourism, to help grow the industry’s contribution to our economy.”
Heritage Auckland hosted a Taster for 20 students in September. Human Resources Manager Danielle Cook says the students were all very engaged.
“The Tasters are a great opportunity to showcase hotel careers to domestic students very early on in their career decision process, and let them know they can build successful and interesting careers in our industry.
"People come to New Zealand for a Kiwi experience and tasters are a good way to encourage more domestic students to get involved in the sector. We will host another one next year.”
Hotel tasters 2018
New Zealand School Tourism is currently organising hotel tasters for 2018. Hotels wanting to participate are invited to contact them by the end of November 2017 - email firstname.lastname@example.org