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Further education

Angele Grech was recently awarded a Master of Science in Skills and Performance from the University of Leicester, UK.

Ms Grech read for a BA (Hons) in Business Management from the University of Malta and later obtained a post-graduate diploma in Education from the same University. She has occupied various positions within the financial services sector and currently teaches full-time at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School.

As a professional worker, she highly believes that the performance of both the individual employee and that of the modern organisation is highly dependent on the constant enhancement of work-related skills. Her course of studies aimed to provide a deeper understanding on how organisations can make strategic use of skills available within their workplace and how these skills may positively affect their performance to successfully meet the demands of the 21st century.

The choice of topic for her MSc. dissertation was highly influenced by the remarkable interest which currently surrounds the notion of emotional competences, or those sets of emotional and social skills that are employed within specific work contexts. In fact, her academic study was aimed at bringing to light and elaborating on those emotional competences of teachers which contribute towards performance in further education.

As a practitioner in a post-secondary institution that caters for students drawing from a very broad spectrum of socio-economic and academic backgrounds, in her study Ms Grech considered skills and performance in further education from a diverse perspective. Her work does not follow the customary trajectory that contemplates student grades or scores – rather, in drawing attention to the further education students’ perception of teachers’ skills, and how such skills serve to secure these learners’ commitment, Ms Grech’s study serves to distinctively contribute towards the concept of quality education.

Ms Grech was able to further her studies following the award of a STEPS scholarship, partly financed by the EU – European Social Fund (ESF) under Operational Programme II – Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life.

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