Dis­cover your tal­ent: Elaine Pavia cho­sen as Malta’s am­bas­sador for Euro­pean Vo­ca­tional Skills Week

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Elaine Pavia, Head of Ser­vices, The Good Shep­herd Sis­ters - Dar Mer­hba Bik Foun­da­tion has been se­lected as Malta’s Am­bas­sador for the 2018 Euro­pean Vo­ca­tional Skills Week be­ing held dur­ing 5-9 Novem­ber 2018. Or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, the Week will in­volve hun­dreds of events across the EU to high­light the ben­e­fits that Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (VET) brings to peo­ple of all ages. “Dis­cover your Tal­ent!” is the motto of the cam­paign and Elaine Pavia aims to show that VET and ap­pren­tice­ships are a smart choice, lead­ing to high-qual­ity jobs and in­creased em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Ms Pavia is one of a group of Am­bas­sadors from dif­fer­ent EU Mem­ber States who have vol­un­teered to spread the word about VET in their home coun­tries. She was se­lected for the pres­ti­gious role by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and the na­tional au­thor­i­ties in Malta due to her in­spir­ing pro­file.

Ms Pavia said: "I am al­ways ready to give a help­ing hand and will as­sist any­one who is in need. That is how I de­fine my­self. Life’s ex­pe­ri­ences have taught me a lot and from there arose in me the de­sire to fol­low vo­ca­tional stud­ies and a ca­reer in this sec­tor. As the Mal­tese Am­bas­sador for VET, I urge each in­ter­ested per­son to take that step and to ac­quire the knowl­edge, ap­ti­tude and skills needed in var­i­ous sec­tors of this field in ac­cor­dance with one’s own com­pe­ten­cies and as­pi­ra­tions."

“Now, as Malta’s Am­bas­sador for the 2018 Euro­pean Vo­ca­tional Skills Week, I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to raise aware­ness of this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive in our coun­try. Vo­ca­tional skills and ap­pren­tice­ships can help you to dis­cover your tal­ent and your dream job, as it has done for me. It can open doors to so many pro­fes- sions and trades – stylist, de­signer, mu­si­cian, sales per­son, elec­tri­cian, en­gi­neer, car­pen­ter, to name but a few. The list of pos­si­bil­i­ties is end­less. And re­mem­ber, vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is an op­por­tu­nity for all age groups – it’s never too late to learn.”

Mar­i­anne Thyssen, the EU Com­mis­sioner for Em­ploy­ment, So­cial Af­fairs, Skills and Labour Mo­bil­ity, said: “I am de­lighted that Ms Elaine Pavia has ac­cepted to be an Am­bas­sador for our Euro­pean Vo­ca­tional Skills Week in Novem­ber. I am firmly con­vinced that vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is a great first choice for a first-rate ca­reer, and I know that Ms Pavia shares our com­mit­ment to spread that mes­sage loud and clear”.

Last year, over 1500 events took place across 45 coun­tries dur­ing the sec­ond edi­tion of the Euro­pean Vo­ca­tional Skills Week. The 2018 Week is ex­pected to at­tract an even big­ger turnout. The to­tal reach of the cam­paign on so­cial me­dia last year was over 15 mil­lion peo­ple.

Elaine Pavia, Malta’s am­bas­sador for Euro­pean Vo­ca­tional Skills Week

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