MTA Supports Job Shadowing in the Tourism Industry Through CHOICE Programme
The Malta Tourism Authority has recently held an award ceremony for the 120 students who took part in a one week job shadowing experience as part of the CHOICE programme. The shadowing experience is organised annually in collaboration with the Directorate for Educational Services. This Directorate facilitates identifying those students who expressly requested to have their job shadowing experience in the tourism industry.
This year, the students were placed at 21 different companies consisting mainly of hotels and restaurants. One aim of the programme is for students to have the opportunity to learn about the various careers available and also benefit from the occasion to learn more about operations in hotels and restaurants.
In his opening speech, MTA CEO, Mr Paul Bugeja, said that in an industry based on human resources, it is vital to educate youths about the vast array of careers available and to encourage them to see these careers as a future choice. Mr Bugeja expressed his gratitude to the all the participating hotels and restaurants that formed part of the CHOICE programme, as without their cooperation, none of this would have been possible.
This is in fact the main aim of the CHOICE programme, which through various initiatives aims to expose students to careers in the tourism industry. Younger students are taken on hotel visits and have talks in schools. In Gozo, students follow job trails taking them to different tourism companies such as hotels, dive schools and visitor attractions.
MTA Chairman Dr Gavin Gulia emphasised that it is important that the industry and education move closer together in a bid to ensure that the industry is supplied with the best employees in the future.