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Apprenticeships as a way of Tackling Skills Gaps: The Reform in Apprenticeship Schemes in Malta

Apprenticeships as a way of Tackling Skills Gaps: The Reform in Apprenticeship Schemes in Malta
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Author(s): Suzanne Gatt (University of Malta, Malta)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 27
Source title: Socio-Economic Perspectives on Vocational Skill Development: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie (Ebonyi State University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4145-5.ch004

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Abstract

Malta did not suffer the 2009 economic crisis like other EU Member States. Youth unemployment remained low, and the country was among the first registering economic growth. However, Malta still has a very high percentage of early school leavers and is experiencing a significant skills gap in its labour market. In addition, a Cedefop study forecasted job growth mainly at professional and medium-level qualifications. This chapter is a discussion of how Malta is tackling the skills gap challenge by reforming its apprenticeship schemes. As changes were made to the format and governance of apprenticeships, the schemes were extended to more sectors as well as reflected a more modern approach to learning. As the number of apprenticeships continue to grow, Malta hopes to both be able to keep more young people in school through VET as well as provide a better trained skilled workforce to ensure further economic growth. This chapter can serve as an example for other countries and regions intending to reform their apprenticeship schemes.

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