WHO WE ARE
Learning Works Ltd, is run by a board of directors chaired by Pio Vassallo who is also Vassallo Group’s CEO. Natalie Briffa Farrugia, CEO of CareMalta and Charlo Bonnici are also directors of the company.
Learning Works employs a number of distinguished lecturers in various academic subjects. These inspiring tutors are:
Mr Holger Suarez
Holger is a visiting lecturer in the area of Social Care at the University of Malta and MCAST. He is also involved in training programmes organised by NGOs and private companies. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Holger is currently training students for the IVQ Diploma in Health Care classes.
Ms Rosette Farrugia Bonello
Rosette, a Research and Programme Manager at the UN International Institute on Ageing, specialises in dementia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dementia Studies as well as qualifications in Gerontology, Geriatrics and Psychology. Rosette also provides lectures for the IVQ Specialist Diploma courses.
Mr Rudolph Cini
Rudolph is the Chief Nursing Manager at the Maltese Ministry for Social Services. His area of specialisation is Infection Control, having worked in this area for many years. Rudolph, a pioneer tutor, teaches units related to the IVQ Diploma in Healthcare.
Mr Geoffrey Formosa
Geoffrey has been dispensing Physiotherapy within different medical departments and clinical settings for the last 20 years. He graduated from the University of Malta and completed his Master’s Degree at Middlesex University in the UK. Geoffrey teaches different units in the IVQ Specialist Diploma course.
Ms Daniela Carabott Pawley
Daniela is a Physiotherapist by profession and a member of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists. She has been working in this field for the past five years. Daniela lectures in the IVQ Specialist Diploma in Healthcare course.
Mr Robert Delia
Robert Delia is an experienced Human Resources professional and international trainer with over 20 years of experience in various industries. His skills in Negotiation, HR Consulting, Coaching, Administration, and HR Policies equip him with strong human resources making him a professional with an excellent business acumen and entrepreneurship skills. Robert has had the opportunity to develop an extensive career experience working with very reputable organisations and covering not only Human Resources Management, but also Strategic and Commercial Management. Robert lectures in the Leadership and Management course.
Mr Giosué Pianciamore
The tutor, Mr Giosué Pianciamore is a career guidance practitioner by profession. He currently works as a student advisor with the University of Malta – Junior College. He also delivers lectures in various areas including management, life skills and employability skills. He was awarded a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (Hons) and Philosophy from the University of Malta back in 2011. Shortly afterwards he successfully achieved a Masters Degree in Education: Guidance Studies from the University of Derby (UK) in 2016. The seminars and lectures he prepares are very intense and interesting but at the same time fun for students as they interact a lot during the sessions. He encourages students to participate in various topics in order to develop further knowledge and awareness. Presentations, work shops and small group discussions are also organised in order to cover all the learning outcomes using a holistic approach.
Mr Robert Grech
Robert is a physiotherapist by profession with over 30 years of experience both within the public sector and well as in the private industry including Sports Medicine and Elderly Care. Following a management qualification, in the last 10 years he took various managerial positions. He has served as a Rehabilitation Centre Manager and is currently the facility manager of Villa Messina home for the elderly in Rabat.Robert is currently persuing studies at Masters level in Management.
Ms Antoinette Shah
Antoinette is a qualified staff nurse and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She has over twenty years of experience working in leadership roles, where she directed and oversaw operations and strategic planning. She was involved in formulating and delivering various training programs in health care settings. Antoinette participated as a mentor in the Mentoring Programme EU Project ESF 3.196 ‘Gender Equality in Decision-Making’. Antoinette lectures in the IVQ Diploma in Healthcare course.
Mr Matthew Mallia
Matthew Mallia, a 33 year old man with a passion for Hospitality, Food and Beverage. He began his hospitality career with a summer job working for a 4-star hotel at the age of sixteen. He accomplished his studies at the Institute of Tourism Studies in Malta and started working for the most leading five-star hotels on the island, kicking off part of the pre-opening team for a five-star hotel in Malta capital city Valletta. However, that wasn’t enough and took further challenges to further develop his career with attending the ADVANCE Programme Management diploma EQF Level 5 – Institute of Hospitality UK and Food and Beverage management at ITS. He learned to adapt and manage different concepts from fine to casual dining and introduce new food and beverage concepts. One of his main goals was the opening of a newly refurbished restaurant, bar and lounge in Valletta and worked there as F&B Manager during the Valletta 18 European city of culture.
As a Member of The Maltese Bartenders Guild since 2012, he occupied several positions as secretary and vice president, and in 2018 he was appointed as President. He co-founded The Malta Bartending Academy, and he performs his duty as Director and Instructor. As the Maltese Bartenders Guild President Matthew has been invited to be a tasting judge at prestigious competitions around the world, Annually at the I.B.A. World Cocktail Championships since 2015 and the World Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Competition – Mattoni Grand Drink in Prague since 2016. Currently, Matthew holds the position of Operations Manager for the restaurant’s division with one of Malta’s leading company.
Mr Stuart Caruana
Stuart graduated with a Diploma in Hotel Supervisory Management from the Institute of Tourism Studies in 1998. After graduating he returned to London and spent a year working in the F&B department of the Montcalm Hotel, where I mainly got a taste of the Jewish and Japanese cultures. He was part of the pre-opening teams of the Vivaldi hotel and the Intercontinental Hotel Malta where he spent over nine years with the last position held being that of Assistant F&B Director. For four years he worked at the Le Meridien Hotel as F&B Manager, before joining the CaterEssence team, where he currently holds the position of Deputy GM within the Hotels and Restaurants Division.
Mr Dylan Caruana
Dylan’s mission is to entertain while he educates. As a food and wine lover he likes what he sees: cheese, cuisine cooking and Chianti and excellent customer care. He also has a degree in psychology but later on in life he discovered that the best therapeutic session is a glass of wine accompanied by affectionate people. He believes that wine is what makes a passionate pledge to our senses, minds and hearts and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing.
Mr Joe Gerada
Joe Gerada is currently a freelance Management Consultant and trainer accredited by the UK Chartered Institute for People Development. He is also the Chairperson of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services that manages the major Government’s social work agencies. He held CEO positions in a number of State and private sector organizations. He is active in the volunteer sector and is a board member of a number of voluntary organizations.
He holds management certificates from Cranfield University UK and the School of Management of the University of Singapore, as well as, a Master degree in Mediation from the Istitute Universitaire Kurt Bosh Switzerland and a diploma in Applied Social Studies from the University of Malta. Joe Gerada has delivered HR consultancy and training to leading business enterprises in Malta as well as organisations in the public and voluntary sectors. He also delivers training in other countries namely; Austria, Switzerland and Dubai.