A Day in the life of a site foreman
Stonework has been in Fredrick Mallia’s bloodline for generations. His own father passed on the traditional art of masonry, where Fredrick took his appreciation to greater lengths, by taking on what his father taught him and applying it to bring joy to others. With five years of experience on his back, Fredrick is happily embracing his new role as Site Foreman within Vassallo Builders.
The complex job Fredrick has embraced carries multiple challenges – from managing a site and serving as a support system to his team, to getting his hands dirty at the construction site, to certify all jobs have been carried out and the final product is as promised. Responsibilities start calling at 06:45am on a daily basis, where he oversees what needs to be completed on the day, assigns tasks to each team member, appoints team leaders, guiding and offering advice when his team hit rough patches.
Fredrick wears many role hats at once; having a keen eye on the extensive number of speciality trades and materials used during construction allows his team members to trust his expertise and reasoning. Shuttering, steel fixing, masonry, joinery and finishing are all professions Fredrick got exposure to through Vassallo Builders before his latest promotion, together with the operation of tower and mobile cranes. His experience reached new summits with a masonry licence and a management course to fit his role as a supervisor. The nucleus to all onsite operations lays in teamwork – trusting each tradesman with his own responsibilities to make sure everything goes as planned. With a dedicated team such as Fredrick’s, their synergy makes them a dream team.
The man’s passion can be felt from a mile away, and the more he converses about his job, the more we can confirm that he was destined to undertake this line of work. Fredrick compares construction to building a puzzle; one small piece after another to create an astonishing picture.
“I love to visit a site before the first shovel digs into the dirt. I look at the barren landscape and picture in my mind the finished building. It’s like we’re reshaping a piece of the world into something truly useful.”
The local mason profession has been hitting lows for a number of years, with a decrease in youngsters showing interest in this field. Listening to Fredrick speak with such passion about his line of work fills us with hope. His earnest advice to all aspiring tradesmen is to start from the very bottom and learn the way up. are the perfect way to pave a career and never let the grunt work put a stress on future goals. Carrying heavy equipment, sweeping the building’s dirt and hammering nails is just the start to a profession that gives back lots.
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A Day In The Life of Junior Café Supervisor
Of Sicilian and Maltese descent, Rosario Saddemi infuses the atmosphere at The Cake Box Park Towers (St. Julian’s) with enthusiasm and positive work ethic. Frequenting customers offer him hurried salutes as they make their way to work, whilst others make pit stops at the counter for a quick chat whilst he’s brewing their hot drink.
Rosario – commonly known as Saro – was a perfect match for the position of Jr. Café Supervisor within CaterEssence, where he keeps honing on his expertise in catering and a role as an overseer, following years as a bar owner in the Sicilian locale of Comiso. Leaving his beloved Sicily behind and establishing a new home in an uncharted country brought about many hardships, but he managed to surpass them all with a strong and resolute character.
On any typical day, Saro starts his day at 06:50am with bread preparation, packaging and labelling everything with its own price. When he started off, Rosario was not too confident at the bread section, but by way of experience and a helping hand from his colleagues, he mastered the job and now takes delight in getting behind the prep process. From being responsible for food provision to, at times, the entire outlet, Saro has an eventful work schedule. His favourite shift is the morning one. Amongst checking his emails and processing invoices, he gets to meet and converse with plenty of customers. The days are busy for Rosario, so knowing how to prioritise tasks and having the back-up of a team makes the days smoother.
Saro leaves traces of connections wherever he goes. Friends and close relatives stop by The Cake Box for a quick sip, managers and former colleagues visit to extend greetings.
“Most customers are regulars so we are able to build a relationship with them. Last week, around 70 tourists came to Malta and they used to visit the outlet every day. They were leaving the island on a Wednesday when I happened to be off-duty, so most of them came to say goodbye the day before!”
Amidst work responsibilities and constant delegation, leisure time is given high prominence at the Saddemi household – from movie nights with the family, trips to the gym or relaxing walks with friends.
Saro expressed how family, specifically his mother, inspired him to make the big move to Malta, together with all his family, and how stamina, courage and compassion make him the man he is today. Working within a company like Vassallo Group gives him the feeling of being part of a big family.
“It makes me happy when our customers are happy. When I do something and it is appreciated when my efforts are recognised.”
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GIVING A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO OUR WORK LIFE – CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY 2018
We’ve taken a page out of our book of Group values and transformed it into yet another event to remember. 2018’s Cultural Diversity Day boasted bigger celebrations (and more food) than its first edition held last year.
With 1,700 employees coming from all the corners of the world, diversity is a fundamental value deep-rooted in our mission. Its significance is embraced all year round, but one special day is yearly selected to loosen up, put on a show and showcase everyone’s native customs.
The Poseidon Hall at the Seashells Hotel in Qawra hosted a massive cultural celebration on April 5th, welcoming a multitude of nationalities. Employees from the Philippines and India dressed up in traditional attire and prepared dances to entertain the crowd. Others from Spain, Russia, Hungary, Nigeria, Serbia, India, Pakistan and Italy presented ethnic delicacies to be enjoyed by all the attendees, including parotta with chili, suckling pigs, chicken Adobo and jollof rice.
The Maltese food table, proudly prepared by the CaterEssence team displayed an array of classic dishes, from rabbit and snails, to bowls of kirxa and bigilla. Impromptu performances were a hit, with the Maltese chanting well-known verses from Xemx and Viva Malta; while Daniela, one of CareMalta’s staff, left everyone in awe with her surprising dance moves.
Cultural Diversity Day has officially become part of the Group’s annual event line-up. Each year, the whole team gears up to an even more spectacular event, with more nationalities excited to share their heritage.
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