Malta, which has taken on the Presidency of the European Union Council for the first semester of 2017, focuses its efforts in the field of education on achieving a high-quality education for all through ‘inclusion in diversity’ with a view to draw up Council conclusions on this theme.
ReferNet, Cedefop’s network of institutions providing information on vocational education and training (VET) in EU Member States plus Iceland and Norway, welcomed several new partners in July.
The Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) is the trade union in Malta representing all teaching grades in state, church and independent school sectors. In November 2015, MUT conducted a survey among educators who are members of this union and total of 254 entries were obtained.
A Cedefop review on apprenticeships in Malta, the results of which were presented at an event in Valetta on 2 October, has found a mismatch between what is offered and what the labour market needs.
The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) launched the Maltese national quality assurance framework for further and higher education. The framework was the key deliverable of the ESF 1.227 project ‘Making quality visible’, which was concluded in July 2015.
Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has launched a new logo and corporate identity to reflect developments in its organisational structure.
Malta's largest vocational education institution, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has been entrusted with implementation of the national vocational education and training (VET) policy. This was the result of a rigorous consultation process led by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education in collaboration with various VET stakeholders. The new policy outlines 18 key areas of development, which revolve around widening VET provision, strengthening existing and developing new measures, and creating a structure for implementation.
On 25 and 26 May, members of the country reviews steering groups from Malta, Lithuania, Greece, Italy and Slovenia met in Thessaloniki for a policy-learning exercise. They discussed apprenticeship schemes in their countries, bringing in different experiences and perspectives, and learned more on how the reviews work.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has taken over responsibility for apprenticeship and is aiming to bring it to the centre of local industry. The reform is rooted in cooperation between MCAST and local industry which provides apprentices with high-quality skills indispensable for local industry and economic growth.