We were pleased, in late September, to share that Tourism had been confirmed as a new NCEA subject. The Ministry of Education (MOE) received tremendous support from students, tourism educators and the tourism industry for the development of Tourism achievement standards. Although tourism has been hit hard by Covid, the industry is looking forward to times where once again they will contribute in a major way to our communities and the economy.

Secondary schools in recent years have offered Tourism solely as a vocational subject. This and the perception of tourism as a lesser subject than others has contributed to a reduction in student numbers at level 3 – year 13. Consequently, the tourism industry has struggled to attract workers for the wide variety of roles required in businesses.

Tourism offers learning opportunities which are relevant, authentic and flexible. NCEA achievement standards are expected to develop analytical, creative, innovative and critical thinkers; many of whom will experience seamless pathways into tertiary education opportunities and the tourism workforce of the future in Aotearoa and globally.

The MoE has called for expressions of interest from those wanting to be involved in the Subject Expert Group (SEG) to develop the NCEA tourism curriculum. See more information here

If you are interested in contributing your knowledge, experience and ideas please send your C.V and a cover letter indicating that you would like to be considered for the Tourism SEG to: ras.review@education.govt.nz by 25 October 2021.

We encourage you to consider applying as we create an interesting, innovative, inclusive and relevant curriculum for tourism in secondary schools.