Resort college takes top award

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Queenstown Resort College has got top marks amongst New Zealand’s private tertiary institutions.

The college – which offers hospitality management and adventure tourism courses – was awarded provider of the year at the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand Awards in Queenstown last Thursday during the organisation’s annual conference.

“Considering the members of ITENZ, it is humbling and an absolute honour to be recognised in this way for what we have achieved,” QRC chief executive Charlie Phillips says.

QRC, founded in 2006, also won the award in 2012.

Phillips says the award recognises the college has robust quality assurance systems and a high level of outcomes.

“Over the last four years, for example, 85 per cent of the students who graduate have gone on to employment in their field of study, and another 12 per cent go on to further study.”

Phillips says graduates gain jobs through QRC’s industry connections and reputation but ultimately through students representing themselves and being good ambassadors for the college.

“They understand that if they create good impressions, that increases their prospects of gaining employment.

“The ethos is that you come to college like you’re going to work.”

QRC also does a lot of work in the recruitment process to ensure the students will be a good fit, Phillips says.

He adds the award is also a testament to QRC’s staff and industry partners.

Students spend nine of their 21 months at the college on internships with businesses like hotels and tourism operations.

“The staff are outstanding – they want to make a difference and they support the students with genuine intensity.”

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