Q11. How did the apprenticeship scheme originate?
Traditional craftsmanship (master-apprentice relation) to prepare apprentices for the occupation
School-based VET track by including more work-based learning to supply skilled workforce to match labour market needs
The state-run Employment and Training Corporation (ETC), today known as Jobsplus [as enacted in Part III of the Employment and Training Services Act (Cap.343)], managed VET in the form of active labour market policies (ALMP) and other services for the unemployed. Until 2014, this organisation was also responsible for the organisation of apprenticeship - MCAST took most of its functions after 2014. As youth unemployment is not the main problem in Malta, apprenticeships are seen as a tool for addressing the skills gap and difficulties to matching skills to jobs.
Q14. How many learners are enrolled in this scheme?
As per information provided by MCAST, by the end of academic year 2018/19, there were 1325 learners with an active contract with an employer.
Q16. Which is the type of qualification obtained through the apprenticeship scheme?
Formal VET qualification (which does not indicate the pathway)
Formal VET qualification (which indicates the pathway)
Formal apprenticeship qualification (journeyman, etc.)
Q18. How does the qualification link to the scheme?
It is a specific type of qualification which can only be obtained through this apprenticeship scheme
The same qualification can be achieved also through other schemes (i.e. school-based VET)
School-based VET and apprenticeships exist in parallel. Apprentices in colleges need to achieve the same volume of learning outcomes as their peers in school-based programmes studying for the same qualifications.