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Japanese tertiary tourism students need your help

27 /02/ 2019 Comments are Closed

Be part of a great cross cultural, tourism training program. ATEC (Australian Tourism Export Council) is assisting the Tamaguwa University from Japan, to find work experience placements for tertiary students in their travel and tourism course.

Tamaguwa University partners with Deakin, Victoria and Swinburne Universities in Melbourne to provide a (mandatory) one year study abroad program to all students in their travel and tourism course. The students are in Melbourne during the 2nd year of their course, following the academic year of July – June.  As part of this one year program they must undertake two lots of work experience of 10 days (80 hrs) each within the Victorian tourism industry – the end of their first semester here in December and at the end of their placement in June/July.

This study abroad program has been running for a few years and is proving very successful for the students, the universities and for the Victorian economy.  It is estimated to annually bring $5m in economic benefit. As the students are here for a year their friends and relatives visit during that time, and after returning to Japan, they have a higher tendency to return visit to Melbourne and recommend the destination and places they have experienced to their family and friends.

So where do you come in? Tamaguwa University has asked if members of the Victorian, and more specifically Melbourne tourism industry can help with offering work experience placements for students. The placements would ideally be in Melbourne, as the students all have accommodation provided. If work experience is offered in a regional area the placing business would need to provide accommodation and transport.

Creswick Woollen Mills joined the program in December with two students working in their Block Arcade shop in December, and will continue to support the program. Boaz Herszfeld from the Woollen Mills said “Creswick Woollen Mills enthusiastically welcomed two Japanese students into our team over the Christmas period. We found them courteous, friendly and eager to learn. With some encouragement and training the pair of students completed all tasks allocated, welcoming incoming tourists and caring for their needs.”

The year-end placement is coming up and we hope you can take on some of these students between 1st June to 14th July.  There will be 3 rotations for students.

  1. 1st June – 14th June : 10 days for internship ( 80 hours including break time ) , 4 days off
  2. 15th June – 28th June : 10 days for internship ( 80 hours including break time ) , 4 days off
  3. 29th June – 12th July : 10 days for internship ( 80 hours including break time ) , 4 days off

The students are able to do just about anything, however it should be noted that not all of the students have very good English language skills – their language skills are better at the end of the program, so with this June/July placement they may be able to assist with consumer facing roles.  The students, predominantly female, average age 20/21, are keen and eager to learn.

Tasks that they have done and could do, include

  • assisting with interpreting,
  • updating websites and brochures for Japanese language,
  • assisting with local knowledge on accessing Japanese markets and visitor expectations,
  • creating blog and posts for social media content for Japanese visitors,
  • and of course customer facing operations, supporting visitors into your business.

If you have already seen this information and support the program, then thank you.  But the University is keen to hear from tourism businesses that have not yet participated.  Placements can be with accommodation, tour operators, cafes, restaurants, attractions and more.  The University would prefer, if possible, to place a number of students in the same venue.  I.e. if you are able to support this request, it is preferred you take at least 2 students, and if you have the capacity, more.  But one at a time is also okay.

Renumeration is not required, or even allowed. What is expected is an experience where the students can learn and experience something of the Victorian tourism industry, that they will take back to their studies and their country.  A bonus, if you have any Japanese customers, the students will be quite helpful!

The University needs to have all placement organised by the end of March, so if you are able to support this request, please respond ASAP and definitely no later than March 15.  Your details will be passed on to the University who will organise all the necessary information and requirements.

In your response please provide an indication of what tasks the student(s) might do during their placement, as this information is useful to help place the most appropriate student in each location.

Register your interest NOW.  Please send all the details – tasks, contact name, email and phone to Jo Pincus, ATEC Vic Tas Branch Manager  jo.pincus@atec.net.au

Any queries, shoot through an email or call on 0417 332 638.

VTIC

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