Maltese artist and illustrator Julian Mallia, also known as Julinu, has been selected as Malta’s Ambassador for the 2019 European Vocational Skills Week organised by the European Commission with the involvement of 41 countries in total, according to a press release sent to Business Malta.
Taking place from 14 to 18 October, the week includes 623 events around EU countries with the aim of highlighting the benefits that vocational education and training (VET) can bring to people. The event series also aims to raise awareness about the work presented by the people in the field of vocational education and training.
“Vocational education is an excellent first education choice, providing people with the skills needed for the 21st-century labour market and opening up many career possibilities. I have been trying to get this message across during my mandate, through initiatives such as the European Vocational Skills Week and with the help of our VET Ambassadors,” said Marianne Thyssen, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
Mr Mallia, Julinu, expressed his encouragement toward people in looking out for the range of career options and vocational courses available in Malta these days. He also highlighted the ability of vocational skills in opening doors and opportunities to different professions and trades, such as a carpenter, an electrician, an engineer, a designer, a musician, a salesperson and others.
The Maltese artist has also spoken about the decision of investing time and effort in working areas related to our personal interests.
“In today’s ever-changing work environment, it makes more sense to invest in the areas that one genuinely cares about regardless of age.”Julian Mallia, Julinu, Malta’s Ambassador for the 2019 European Vocational Skills Week.
“I myself was already a psychology graduate when I decided to shift to visual arts. So, changing one’s area of expertise, should not be out of the question,” added Mr Mallia.
Last year, more than 1,800 events took place in 45 countries — including Malta — during the third edition of the Vocational Skills Week.