Air New Zealand has partnered the country's premier tourism and
hospitality management college, Queenstown Resort College (QRC) at
its Te Tai Tokerau campus, based in Paihia.
Air New Zealand and QRC
will now work together to build New Zealand's tourism talent pipeline
and enable youth employment pathways for students from select
parts of New Zealand, including Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Te Tai
Tokerau, south Auckland, the Bay of Plenty and the South Island.
The long-term partnership will initially be focused around
recruitment of students to the college's Paihia campus.
Zealand will provide a Top Student Award for each graduation
class, as well as scholarship funds to drive recruitment and incentivise students to achieve excellence.
The airline will also
create opportunities for paid internships and jobs with the
airline post-study and support the college with growth into the
As well as creating opportunities for students, Air
New Zealand will offer leadership, mentoring and learning support
for QRC employees and has indicated that it intends to work with external partners to
grow tourism as an exciting and prosperous career option for
As part of the partnership, Air New Zealand's
General Manager Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams
has joined the QRC Advisory Board.
"Tourism is our number one export, so we need to
ensure we are setting up future leaders with the drive and skills
to ensure its continued success. Air New Zealand's purpose is to
supercharge New Zealand's success - and at the end of the day a
thriving, sustainable tourism industry means a more prosperous
country for everyone," Jodi said. "This partnership aims to promote and provide
pathways to a career in the tourism sector for the next
generation. Northland is a region where youth unemployment is
disproportionally high, and as a member of the QRC Advisory Board
I hope to help make decisions that will positively impact the
region for future generations."
In July, Air New Zealand will take on its first intern
from the college for nine months.
QRC Chief Executive Officer Charlie Phillips,
said, "This partnership addresses two key problems. There is a high
youth unemployment rate in regional New Zealand, and conversely a
skills shortage in the tourism sector. This partnership will go to
the heart of addressing this and QRC is looking forward to
providing high-quality education to those wishing to enter the
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