Friday, 29 November 2013

Early School Leavers in Malta

According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), persons between the ages of 18 and 24 whose highest level of education or training do not reach the ISCED criteria and are not in training or education in the four weeks preceding the survey are considered to be early leavers. Whereas students with five O levels were previously considered as early leavers, this has now changed.  This has led to a discrepancy in the percentage of ESLs ( Early School Leavers)in Malta. In fact, figures released on the Eurostat Yearbook in 2012 showed that the proportion of early school leavers in Malta  stood at 33.5% in 2011, a full 20 per cent above the 13.5% EU27 . On the other hand, the NSO National Statistics Office and Education Ministry say early school leavers rate stands at 22.6%.
No matter the exact percentage, Malta is still one of the countries with the highest (ESL) rates in Europe. What makes matters worse is the fact that Malta's main resource, apart from the sea and the sun are its own inhabitants. Thus we cannot afford an uneducated population. 

The Minister of Education, Mr Evarist Bartolo presented a document entitled An Early School Leaving Strategy for Malta presenting a number of measures aimed at reducing the amount of ESLs. He explained that one of the main measures that were proposed was the extension of vocational training in secondary schools.
"Our aim is to spread vocational education in secondary schools. We are in the process of evaluating the pilot project which is taking place in five schools, spreading over state, church and independent schools, which introduced a hands-on learning experience of engineering, Information Technology, hospitality and social care," Mr Bartolo said.
He explained that a number of students simply opt to stay at home, while another unidentified number of students is disengaged and uninterested in school.
"We have to combine traditional instruction with vocational subjects to generate interest among these students," Mr Bartolo said.

 The Maltese government is bound by the European Union's ten-year growth strategy, Europe 2020, to decrease the rate to 10% within the next seven years.
Asked what target the government will set, Bartolo said: "We have to be ambitious and aim at reducing the figure as much as possible by 2020." However, he refused to be drawn into giving a definitive figure.
During the previous months, the government has embarked on a headcount of how many fifth form students were continuing their post-secondary education or entering foundation courses, to identify the number of persons not in education, employment or training. The ministry said this would be done to tackle the problem in its infancy and shape a youth guarantee scheme, which addresses the problem.

Monday, 28 October 2013

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ETC Apprenticeship Scheme

Some facts -

Apprenticeship leads to:

·       Good employment prospects  

·       Accessibility for further learning

·       Solid foundation to a lifelong career

·        Possible business start-ups


By now you should be aware of the value employers give to work experience. Work experience within an apprenticeship is beneficial to you, as you find out what working in your selected occupation is all about.

As an apprentice you can really get the best of both worlds. While you study for your vocational qualifications you will also be gaining experience while earning money.

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship consists of on-the-job and off-the-job training. During an apprenticeship you will spend periods of time at one of the Institutes within MCAST or ITS to acquire the underpinning knowledge needed in your chosen occupation. You will be spending the rest of the time at the employer's premises to acquire hands-on practice. The amount and pattern of time varies from one occupation to another.

What kind of benefits am I to expect?

There are various benefits from following an apprenticeship. One such benefit is the facilitation of your transition from school to the labour market. Through an apprenticeship you acquire competence. You will also acquire all the relevant knowledge, skills and attitude needed for your chosen occupation. Moreover you will be paid for it. Part of this remuneration will be supported by the government and the rest by the employer. The rates will vary according to the occupation and length of the apprenticeship.

What other benefits will I be entitled to?

     As you will be in employment, you will benefit from all the other conditions of employment enjoyed by your co-workers like vacation leave, sick leave, injury leave, marriage leave, bereavement leave and statutory bonuses, but on a pro-rata basis. From your end you will also have to pay National Insurance Contributions but not income tax.

What kind of certificates will I acquire at the end of the apprenticeship?

You will acquire recognition for what you achieve, be it on-the-job and/or off-the-job competence.

At the end of an apprenticeship all apprentices are invited to sit for a Trade Test. Persons that are professionals in the chosen occupation conduct the test. If you pass this test you will be awarded the Journeyman's Certificate, which is at present Malta's official national certificate of competence. In the meantime you would have also acquired a technical certificate from MCAST, ITS, BTEC or City and Guilds.

What will happen to me after the apprenticeship?

After the apprenticeship it will be your responsibility to renegotiate your employment and the terms and conditions. However experience has shown that over 85% of the persons who successfully completed an apprenticeship are presently engaged in full-time employment whilst some of the others have even set up their own business. Only a few experience unemployment and when this happens it is only for a short time due to changes in the labour market.


Am I eligible for an apprenticeship?

If you are accepted by MCAST or ITS to follow one of the training programmes that are supported by the apprenticeship framework you may apply for an apprenticeship.


What happens after I apply?

By the time you apply the Corporation would have already started to contact employers inviting them to employ persons like you. You can contact employers who take on apprentices and see if they are willing to employ you on an apprenticeship basis.

Employment is not automatic. It is up to the employer to decide whether you are the right person or not. You may be asked to sit for an interview and/ or a number of tests to make sure that you can meet their requirements.


How long will my apprenticeship be?

This depends very much on the occupation you wish to embark upon. However an apprenticeship will always be at least 18 months long but can take up to even 36 months.



Is it for me?


If you have the determination to succeed in the world of work and you're eager to give your career a kickstart...

Then apprenticeship is for you!


If you are willing to apply and build on the knowledge you are obtaining from the training programme in real work environments-

Then apprenticeship is for you!



Do you have any questions?


Contact us on 2220 1302/8/9 or via email on

                                     Your gateway to employment.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Visit to the Malta Police Force Museum

Il-mużew tal-Pulizija


Il-Kwartieri Ġenerali tal-Pulizija ġie mibni mill-Gran Mastru Portugiż Manoel De Vilhena fl-1734 u kien jintuża bħala istitut imsejjaħ ‘Casa D’Industria’, fejn xbejbiet li ma kellhomx fejn joqgħodu kienu jinġabru u jgħixu hawn. Kienu jitgħalmu jaqraw u jiktbu u wkoll jitħarġu f’xi sengħa fosthom l-insiġ, il-ħalg u l-iproċessar tal-qoton.

Fi żmien l-Ingliżi u propju fl-1850 dan il-bini serva ukoll bħala l-Isptar Ġentrali.  Taħt dan il-bini hemm xelter li kien tħaffer fil-bidu tat-Tieni Gwerra Dinjija biex ġewwa fih jikkuraw pazjenti li mhux faċilment kont tkun tista’ iċċaqlaqhom minn post għall-ieħor waqt bumbardament mill-ajru.  L-pazjenti għalhekk setgħu jitħallew hawn għall-kenn u sigurta mill-bombi.  Immaġina xkien jiġri li kieku waqt xi operazzjoni medika, ikollhom jieqfu minħabba bumbardament. Għalhekk ġewwa x-xelter insibu żewġ tijatri tal-operazzjonijiet. Interessanti wkoll li  huwa l-uniku xelter f’Malta li kien jintuża għal dan l-iskop. U mhux f’Malta biss, għax safejn hu magħruf m’hawn ebda sptar fil-kontinent mibni jew imħaffer taht l-art b’dan il-mod. 


Fl-1954 imbaghad, il-Korp tal-Pulizija gie f’dan il-bini biex għamel minnu l-kwartieri generali, minn fejn għadu jmexxi  sal-lum il-gurnata.

L-Korp tal-Pulizija  ta’ Malta twaqqaf nhar it-12 ta’ Lulju tal-1814 u l-ewwel kmandant tiegħu li kien jissejjaħ l-ispettur generali – illum il-Kummissarju - kien il-Konti Kurunell Francesco Rivarola. Dan kien maħtur mill-ewwel Gvernatur ta’ Malta, Sir Thomas Maitland. Bħala Korp tal-Pulizija nistgħu ngħidu li hu, tal-għanqas fl-Ewropa, l-eqdem Korp imwaqqaf b’kostituzzjoni, jiġifieri t-tmexxija tiegħu hija waħda ċivili u mhux taħt xi forma militari bħal ma kellhom ħafna pajjiżi oħra.  Din il-kostituzzjoni toħrog mill-proklama tal-istess Gvernatur,  li kopja originali tagħha tinsab fil-mużew. 


Dan il-mużew għandu żewġ taqsimiet u kull taqsima qeda ġo sala għaliha.  L-ewwel taqsima hija tal-istorja amministrattiva tal-Korp u l-parti l-oħra dik ta’ xi wħud mill-każijiet kriminali.

Fl-ewwel parti, wieħed jara diversi affarijiet u attrezzamenti bħal ma’ huma uniformijiet, armi emblemiċi, medalji, dekorazzjonijiet, armi tan-nar u diversi affarijiet oħra fosthom għodod  u mezzi  tat-trasport li lkoll kienu neċessarji u wżati fi żminijiet differenti biex il-Pulizija dejjem qdiet dmira bl-aħjar mod li setgħet.

Fit-tieni parti wieħed jara xeni ta’ reat differenti minn diversi delitti li saru f’Malta...


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Constructing a Career ...


Does one choose a career? Is this a once-in-a-lifetime decision? 


In today’s ever changing job market, new opportunities and challenges are making it clearer that, rather than choosing a career, one builds it block by block.  Some blocks fit in nicely, while others have to be put aside.

 Choosing the right block depends on many factors, such as what we like doing most, our skills and abilities, our influences, our immediate circumstances, as well as other external factors such as available jobs, training opportunities and different forms of support.  Some decisions are found to be good for us and we keep on building on them, while others may need to be re-examined in the light of new information -  about situations and even about ourselves.  Some blocks may need to be put aside, while others may need re-shaping.


This booklet is intended to help you choose and shape the right blocks for yourself.


      Maltese Ver.
English Ver.

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Armed Forces of Malta

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) is Malta's military organisation tasked with primary defence functions and safeguarding national sovereignty and interests, both in peacetime and in crises. 

Malta's military instrument, in the form of the operational capabilities delivered by the AFM, is a major component of the Maltese Island's national defence and security architecture.   


The Armed Forces of Malta offers a plethora of career paths for young men and women with the drive to live an adventurous lifestyle. The professional training offered takes you a step further to get to know your limits both physically and mentally whilst gearing you up to confront the toughest of challenges.

Being an active member of the Armed Forces not only immerses you in a military way of life but gives you the possibility to undergo specialised training. Becoming a Ships Captain, Air Pilot, IT Specialist, Underwater Diver, Bomb disposal expert and a multitude of other highly specialised careers is just one step away. The Armed Forces of Malta is always on the lookout for personnel that not only fulfil the minimum requirements but have a strong character and the determination to achieve. To continue functioning like every other modern armed force, the Armed Forces of Malta regularly requires personnel with technical expertise such as marine engineers, aircraft technicians and qualified communications and information systems specialists.

Today, a Maltese soldier must be prepared to serve both locally and overseas as part of multinational deployments. Becoming an operative element within the Armed Forces moulds a special bond of camaraderie with fellow soldiers and widens your knowledge in various fields. A military career is indeed demanding but our men and women serve the Nation’s interest with their head held up high knowing that being an Armed Forces of Malta member is not just a job but a way of life.


1 Regiment consists of a Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 'A' Company, 'B' Company, 'C' (Special Duties) Company, and the Air Defence and Fire Support Company.


3 Regiment consists of a Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Squadron, the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Squadron, the Combat Engineer Squadron, and the Ammunition and Explosives, Storage & Disposal Squadron.



4 Regiment consists of Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Company, the Military Band, Revenue Security Corps, Communications and Information System, Training School and Catering Company.



The Air Wing comprises of Headquarters Squadron, Operations Squadron and Support Squadron.



The Maritime Squadron comprises of Squadron Headquarters, Headquarters Command, Offshore Command, Inshore Command, 'G' Command and Support Command.



The Force is intended to provide a back-up for regular AFM soldiers when the need arises. The EVRF is open to men and women aged between 18 and 35 who would like to experience a soldier's life on a part-time basis.



Contrary to common perception you do not have to be a sculpted bodybuilder nor a Harvard scholar. You just have to believe in your potential and you will face physically gruelling challenges whilst being able to keep your concentration and remember the essential theory even in dire situations.

Imagine being part of a group of soldiers and their Officers who are just finishing a days' work- a call is received and everyone is informed that a critical situation is on. You are ordered to 'Stand-To' and to get kitted and be ready to act at short notice. Competent authorities assess the situation and command is given to engage in a professional manner even if the odds are not always clear...

What kicks in? A Commissioned Officer, an Enlisted Soldier or a Reservist's competence rests on three fundamental pillars: Physical Training, Skill at Arms and Drill. Basic Training will ensure that any soldier will master these crucial skill sets so higher goals may be attained.
Physical Training - Physical Training is important for everyone and for every age group. Sport makes you physically able to cope with day-to-day demands and also enhances your team play. Being part of a team is what life in the military is about. Are you active? Do you consider yourself a team player?

Basic Requirements: The first step in the recruitment process is a Physical Efficiency Test. You would be required to do a set amount of Push-Ups, Sit-Ups and a 2 mile run as stipulated in the Malta Government Gazette call for enlistment. An Ordinary Level of education is required - make sure that you get the highest scores possible in your exams to get a head-start.

Drill - Similar to other military organizations the AFM holds drill in high esteem. Drill enhances discipline - the backbone of any reckonable Force. You can answerable favourably to your recruiter and say you love discipline - it sounds good. But what do you really understand by it? Take a few seconds and think about it then proceed to read...


Do you have what it takes?