When it comes to studying for their future, Maltese teen students have more options than ever – but a new national initiative is giving them an even larger selection of vocational subjects to add to their CV.
My Journey has already changed the way Maltese educators teach, and Maltese students between the ages of 13 and 16 are truly getting the benefits.
To find out more about the awesome project, Lovin Malta spoke to Giuliana, a Maltese student who pursued two vocational subjects close to her heart – and she couldn’t be happier.
“I found out about My Journey last year when I was still in middle school.”
It was during a National Options Fair at the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana when Giuliana began to realise just how many options for studies were available to her.
Soon enough, she had made up her mind and chosen what to pursue.
“The VET route interested me a lot… in fact, I chose two vocational subjects, Fashion and Textiles and Media studies,” she smiled.
“I fell in love with Fashion and Textiles because I love fashion and wanted to learn more about it, and I want this subject to open up career opportunities in the fashion industry,” Giuliana explained.
During her course, she was taught much of the basics essential to a career in fashion. She learnt sewing techniques, how to use the sewing machine and various career opportunities in the fashion and textiles world.
“I am looking forward to exploring more the creative world of fashion and textiles where I will be experimenting with fabrics and colour doing techniques such as Tie-Dye, Batik, and Fabric Printing. We will also be doing experiments of fabrics such as the burning test to test for different fabric properties,” she beamed.
Just like Giuliana, scores of Maltese students are benefiting from the courses offered through My Journey.
These include agribusiness, engineering technology, information technology, media literacy, retail, health and social care, fashion and textiles, hospitality and hairdressing and beauty.
Giuliana is looking forward to designing her own original fashion collection and create something new for the fashion industry in Malta.
“I am really excited to start the fashion drawings,” she said. “I love drawing and am looking forward to learning techniques in sketching fashion figures and designing different types of outfits, not only for women but also men and kids.”
“We will also be learning to design outfits and produce patterns using CAD computer programs. These can also be printed to scale using the plotter found in the fashion and textiles studio.”
Learning these new skills have been a challenge that Giuliana was keen on taking on. As she says herself: “nothing is ever easy in life”.
“It’s a subject that needs a lot of practice but I love learning it, so it doesn’t really feel like extra work to me.”
Giuliana has already told her friends about the courses, and some of them have even already joined her; she even has some advice for anyone who might be interested: “I would say that it is practice and paying attention to detail. Practice is really important to be able to master certain skills.”
“The vocational subjects offer you an opportunity to create something new which is unique and is yours,” she ends. “You can make it your own. This is extremely important to me because I can express myself the way I want. I feel like I made the right choice by choosing this route and I am very happy.”
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ERDF.09.044 -INVEST – is part-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund – European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.