The Government announced an investment of almost €2.75 million for students to be given apprenticeship opportunities. The investment, announced by Minister for Education Justyne Caruana and Minister for Finance and Employment Clyde Caruana, will allow MCAST to encourage more companies to recruit students in apprenticeship programmes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put several challenges on employers and companies. For the economy to grow in a post-pandemic scenario, companies must keep investing in work-based learning to have qualified and well-trained employees to sustain growth. Apprenticeships play a key role in such development of human capital. The Government will be supporting industry to encourage the take-up of apprentices during these challenging times.
Speaking about this support scheme, Principal and CEO Professor Joachim James Calleja said: “This is an extraordinary commitment in support of apprenticeships. Work-based learning is at the heart of what MCAST does. Ensuring that students engage in positive hands-on learning experiences is crucial. As a College, we will keep working on strengthening our active network of over 1463 companies. We have 1675 students engaged on an apprenticeship, and we will keep striving to ensure that more students experience the benefit of apprenticeships.”