Queenstown Resort College is planning a 17-week tourism-based course in Gisborne.

The course will be taught from Te Wananga O Aotearoa's Gisborne campus, building on the recent partnership between Air New Zealand and QRC. The collaboration is designed to build New Zealand's tourism talent pipeline and open up youth employment pathways for students from select areas of New Zealand, including Tairawhiti Gisborne, Te Tai Tokerau, south Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, and the South Island.

The plans were revealed at an information seminar on Monday night, by QRC chief executive Charlie Phillips.

"QRC is really looking forward to establishing ourselves in Tairawhiti to add value to the education offering and to the tourism sector," said Phillips. "The ability to profile the career pathways and opportunities that exist in tourism with the assistance of Air New Zealand is something we are excited about."

Charlie Phillips