Classic Holidays Inspires Students
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Australian-based timeshare group, Classic Holidays, has announced plans for their latest work experience program for students. The program, titled “Work Inspiration,” allows high school students to learn about resort management and working in the timeshare industry.
Classic Holidays invited 15 students to work as “trainees” at their corporate offices and affiliated resorts. Ten of these students will work at the main office, while the remaining five will work at Classic Holidays resorts.
Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Stephenson, said, “What is really exciting is that some of these trainee students starting with us participated in our Work Inspiration program over the last couple of years. It proves what a successful platform Work Inspiration has become not only for local schools, but for our workplace as well.”
In 2014, Classic Holidays started working with Varsity College to implement mentoring programs and career prep, including: resume assistance, practice interviews, and field exploration.
Stephenson continues, “That’s what sets this program apart from regular work experience. This meaningful engagement led many of the students to gain part time work, and even into traineeships with us.”
For 2015, Classic Holidays will also pair with Arcadia College to implement the Work Inspiration program. Community and Business Development Manager at Arcadia College, Carmen Auer, supports the Work Inspiration program as a great way for students to learn about their options after they graduate.
“Work Inspiration is an ideal way to give young people career inspiration. It’s based on a lot of research coming out of the UK that quite clearly shows that when young people have three to four career conversations in their life, they are going to make better career decisions.
“There are three main insights that make this program so much more beneficial as a work experience program – firstly, young people learn all about themselves, then they look behind the scenes giving them an insight into the various careers at Classic Holidays that they wouldn’t know about, which is followed by a career conversation with a Classic Mentor.
“As an independent school, we’re ensuring by having a partnership with businesses like Classic Holidays, with a very strong background working with young people and social inclusion, that our young people will have the best chance of developing strong pathways.
“We are focused on where our young people are going, not where they have come from, which is exactly what Work Inspiration does so well.”
To learn more about Classic Holidays, visit their website.