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The National Skills Council was recently setup by means of Subsidiary Legislation 327.547 of the Laws of Malta with the aim to first review the past and present available skills within our labour work force and evaluate the changes required to meet current and future needs. The main aim being that to minimise the skill gaps that exist in some of the demanding and rewarding sectors such as the digital, technical and financial sectors where Malta is, and can maintain, excellence. It is the council’s task to recommend policy changes to the government that would reduce these gaps and prepare the labour force with the right skills, to meet the future challenges.

The National Skills Council brings together:
  • Representative from the University of Malta;
  • Representative from the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology;
  • Representative from the Jobsplus Corporation;
  • Representative from the Institute for Tourism Studies;
  • Representative from the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry;
  • Representative from the Malta Enterprise;
  • Representative of civil society;
  • Representative from amongst lifelong learning specialists;
  • Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Education;
  • Other four persons who possess leadership qualities, and have an understanding of education and the labour market within the context of an open, democratic, fair, prosperous and inclusive society.
 
It is clear that the present global dynamic economic situation, emphasizes the need for a more responsive education and ongoing training. In the Maltese context, the size of the labour force and the challenges of industry to find the right skills is also magnified by its insularity. Currently Malta has the lowest ever experienced unemployment rate, thanks to the present healthy economic situation, and due to this, some employers are also facing difficulties in engaging workers with the right skills. For our education and lifelong learning systems to be more effective, we need to;
  • Create systems which acknowledge other forms of learning,
  • Expose students to the world of work,
  • Motivate the workforce towards a commitment of continuous education.

 

The National Skills Council may be contacted via email to: edel.cassar@gov.mt