In Gozo, 22 persons are undergoing a year’s training to acquire the skills needed to secure employment and sustain that employment. The Scheme is an initiative between the Fondazzjoni għal Servizzi ta’ Ħarsien Soċjali and the Ministry for Gozo and is designed to provide a shoulder of support to enable disadvantaged persons to deal different situations in life.
Apprentice John Zammit said courses are held on-site and off-site one concerning the work cooperative, another concerning safety and also to instruct how the work chosen should be carried out. The current item is that of maintaining cleanliness around Rabat, in Gozo.
He is one of 22 apprentices following the Scheme that was launched three months ago, a Scheme that emphasises inclusivity and an independent life and therefore builds on another programme by the Foundation. The CEO of the Foundation, Alfred Grixti, said this concept had been seen in Spain and it was decided it should be introduced in Malta.
Grixti said the possibilities are good on the part of the Ministry as well as that of other entities that are prepared to offer employment to these people classed as being vulnerable and the Foundation has taken an interest in those that could not find employment and decided to implement this training programme and initiate it in Gozo with projections it will also be extended to Malta.
The Director of the Foundation’s Gozitan Branch, Mons Joe Vella Gauci, that according to the commitment undertaken, matters are progressing hand-in-hand with the apprentices involved. He said the programme is designed for a year but their policy is that it will continue to support the apprentices over the coming years.
When visiting the apprentices, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri acknowledged that the course will help those persons seeking employment and have to face various obstacles and disadvantages. Minister for Solidarity and Social Justice and the Rights of Children, Michael Falzon, sustained that nobody should give up and that all have the right to achieve their potential.