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Malta: ESF takes apprenticeships to higher levels

MCAST, in partnership with Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE), the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, and the National Skills Council, has embarked on the ESF joint-funded project Achieving vocational excellence through enhanced work-based learning.

The overall objective of this project is to provide a higher qualitative VET experience, generating higher calibre skills and increase in skills profile. The project includes a number of interlinked and complementary actions:

  • development of a competence framework covering over 250 occupations in Malta;
  • setting up emulative centres to explore emerging economic sectors and innovative technology requiring competences not readily available, and to address their provision. These centres will aid student take-up of essential competences and help them improve effectiveness as apprentice and full-time employee;
  • an analysis tool, based on statistical modelling techniques and producing coherent skill needs forecasts for Maltese economic sectors, replacing the current ad hoc skills forecasting format;
  • 15 thematic training and information workshops for apprentice sponsors, organised by the National Skills Council in strategic partnership with stakeholders from all economic sectors;
  • a ‘train the trainer’ accredited course for MCAST staff to mentor, train and facilitate learning process for apprentices during their work-based learning period. Around 600 MCAST students in an apprenticeship programme are expected to benefit from the project and 400 trainers/mentors will be trained.

During the project launch in November 2019 the education and employment minister stated: ‘the worlds of education and of employment are two important elements; one cannot live without the other’. The president of the Maltese Chamber of Commerce affirmed that learners opting for a vocational pathway ‘are given the opportunity to learn on the job’.

The project implementation phase is expected to be completed by 2022.

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