Vet Skills Week activities at MCAST
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology is organising a number of activities as part of the 2018 European Vocational Skills Week which seeks to inspire people to discover and improve their talents through vocational education and training. The objective is to make vocational education the first choice for young people and adults looking to continue their learning.
During the end of last month, a number of career guidance teachers in secondary schools attended an event at MCAST Main Campus in Paola in order for them to experience hands-on practice in the field of VET and as a result be able to help and support students who choose to pursue their studies through vocational education.
The teachers were addressed by MCAST principal and CEO Prof. James Calleja who emphasised that MCAST is the road to employment, as VET leads to increased employability by developing the skill-sets necessary for a successful career in industry.
Following the activity with guidance teachers, Prof. Calleja said: “Today’s event is key for us as it provides more information about what MCAST has to offer to those who work so closely with students in secondary schools. MCAST truly believes that everyone has potential and we are here to offer a platform for students of all levels to develop their potential. VET is at the heart of MCAST and through our strong apprenticeship and work-based learning programmes, we are offering the key to future employability.”
Elaine Pavia, who has been selected as Malta’s ambassador for the 2018 European Vocational Skills Week, also addressed the teachers and discussed how VET helped shape her career. Pavia, a former MCAST student, is now running Dar Merħba Bik, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Pavia spoke about VET as the key to a bright future. She 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 2018 European Vocational Skills Week, I urge each person seeking a successful future to take that step and to acquire the knowledge, aptitude and skills needed in accordance with one’s own aspirations."