Published on 23 June 2015

GCHSS launches its Work Experience Programme

On Friday 19th July, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School registered another first when it launched the Work Experience Programme. During the summer recess a select number of students currently studying Biology, Chemistry and History are to be given work placements in various institutions around Malta. Present for the occasion were the Hon. Minister of Education and Employment, Mr Evarist Bartolo, and Shadow Minister the Hon Therese Comodini Cachia. In his speech, the Hon. Evarist Bartolo said he was not surprised that Giovanni Curmi was once again at the forefront of innovative practcies in education. Moreover, he stressed out the importance of such initiatives to increase students’ employability on the labour market.

Through the collaboration with organisations such as Mater Dei, Health Centres, Monte Carmeli Hospital, the Blood Bank, the National Archives and private institutions such as Andrews Feeds and Malta Dairy Products, it was possible to design a programme whereby students work for four hours a day and prepare a portfolio that enables them to assess and learn from their experience. Those students who successfully complete this program will be in a better position to determine which career path they should pursue. “We are giving our students the opportunity to learn how to work in teams, understand the meaning of deadlines and get a taster of work culture by interacting with other workers and clients,” said Mr. Calleja, head of school. This experience will undeniably help students to mature while making them better decision makers and more independent.