Vet Skills Week ac­tiv­i­ties at MCAST

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

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."

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