On the day following the signing of an agreement between the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) and associations representing employers regarding the employment of persons with disabilities, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat visited the training centre at Msida where hundreds of persons with disabilities are receiving training to develop skills to help them secure a job.
About 350 people attend this ETC centre and the Corporation’s Chairman Clyde Caruana said that together with the Lino Spiteri Foundation the centre is being run to help disabled persons acquire job skills.
Foundation Executive Director Nathan Farrugia said training focuses on skills required by enterprises with a concentration on providing a bridge between the person and the employer.
Accompanied by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo during the visit, the Prime Minister emphasised the training work being carried out at the Centre was not a matter of charity but a quest aimed at providing people with disabilities to enable them to lead a productive and independent life. He said the centre complements legislation stipulating that the quota of 2% of people with disability in employment be kept.
Minister Bartolo said that this year’s May Day had a special significance because many people would be experiencing their first May Day while in employment whereas in the past these had given up hope of ever finding a job and had even given up trying but today, thanks to all the work available, this situation has now been solved.