For the second consecutive year, Vassallo Group of Companies organised the Shine Awards to reward employees who stood out for their excellent performance throughout the year.

The glitzy event, held at The Diamond Conference Hall in Qormi, was hosted by TV personality Corazon Mizzi. Awards were given for 12 categories: Customer Focus, Green Initiatives, Successful Project, Service Quality, Safety Award, Training and Development Award, Exposure to Group on Personal Social Media Award, and Smart Appearance. Other awards given were the Best Employee Award, the Best Supervisor Award, the Best Manager Award and the best Arkati Foundation Ambassador Award.

In addition a number of surprise awards were given by Group Chairman, Nazzareno Vassallo culminating in this year’s Chairman’s award given to Joe Borg, a foreman who has just retired from Vassallo Builders after almost 40 years of service.

Speaking during the event, Mr Vassallo highlighted the Group’s achievements this year namely the completion of works at Wasterserv’s North Waste Treatment Plant in Magħtab, the completion and inauguration of the 200-bedded home for the elderly, Casa San Paolo in Buġibba, the completion of phase one of the One-One-O complex at The Strand, Gzira, the completion of works at the Coastline Hotel as well as the Oncolology and the Life Sciences centre. He also announced the opening of two homes for persons with disability who wish to live in the community outlining the Group’s intention to open more such homes in the next five years.

Mr Vassallo had words of praise for the over 1700 employees employed by companies within the Group whom he described as the key to the successes achieved by the Group throughout the 69 years of operation. He affirmed the Group’s intention to keep investing in its human capital both through improved employment conditions as well as through training and development. At this point he mentioned that that same morning Vassallo Group inaugurated a new Training and Development Centre which will henceforth host all training programmes for employees within the Group.

Technical support for this year’s Shine Awards was given by Studio 7. A reception by Catermax, a joint venture between Vassallo Group and Corithintia, followed.