Hospitality Business Magazine

NZMA Brings World-class Hospitality Training to Rotorua

Monique le Marque

One of New Zealand’s leading hospitality schools is opening its doors in Rotorua next month, giving local teens the chance to launch exciting careers in one of the world’s booming industries.

From February 27, NZMA will deliver free hospitality training for 16 – 19 year olds under the Youth Guarantee scheme. Students will graduate with NCEA Vocational Pathway: Service Industries Level 2, and from there will be able to staircase onto NZMA’s Certificate in Hospitality Level 3, which launches in Rotorua in July.

According to NZMA’s Regional Manager for Manukau, Waikato and Bay of Plenty, Monique Le Marque, the arrival of NZMA in Rotorua will bring great benefits to locals.

“NZMA is a well-established and well regarded hospitality management school and will bring a significant increase in opportunities for local students keen to study hospitality,” she said.  “There will also be a growth in international student numbers which will benefit the Rotorua economy.”

The free Level 2 course takes six months to complete and covers everything from barista training, customer service and making non-alcoholic beverages, to baking, food costing and tourism. Tutor Hemi Ruru has a strong customer service background with Air New Zealand and has extensive experience as a senior trainer with the New Zealand School of Tourism.

The newly launched programmes will be delivered from the New Zealand School of Tourism campus in Pukaki Street, and are just the beginning of NZMA’s long-term strategy for delivering high quality hospitality and hotel management training to the Rotorua area.

“Rotorua is a top tourism destination for New Zealand and the hospitality industry is very much a part of this. The foundation programmes NZMA will be delivering in Rotorua for 2017 are just the beginning. Longer term we will be looking to offer our full suite of hospitality and hotel management programmes Levels 2 to Level 7,” Monique said.