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Human Capital


It is important to invest in skills, knowledge and experience to meet the future ICT needs of different sectors.  Action will be taken to develop a high quality specialised skill base, and to maximise employment opportunities, with an emphasis on increasing female participation and tackling inequalities.

 

Human Capital Goals    Human Capital Guiding Principles    

Actions

59. Integrating critical skills across educational and formative experiences

Government will fund access to resources, training and industry readiness programmes. These will include apprenticeships and internships, and help with imparting skills such as problem-solving, computational thinking, and data and information processing. Soft-skills and aptitudes, such as intellectual curiosity, flexibility and e-entrepreneurship, will be woven into the fabric of formal education. Programmes will be supported and promoted in and after school, on and off campus, throughout the year, across public and private institutions. Projects and spin-offs, arising from such programmes, will be celebrated, for example through annual competitions.

60. Building national capacity in specialist skills-sets

Through educational institutions and industry, government will support the creation of specialist educational pathways, addressing labour market requirements. Government will develop the curriculum and provide technical materials.

61. Investing further in and celebrating the education community

Educators will be given opportunities and incentives to explore cross-disciplinary approaches, embracing technology. Innovative teaching and achievements will be celebrated. Local best practice will be shared.

62. Awareness-raising on eskills education and careers

Government will resource awareness campaigns about careers requiring eskills and the education opportunities available. Target audiences will be identified by collaborating with stakeholders. Action will be taken to minimise the gender imbalance in the technology field.

63. Improve employability through lifelong learning and career support

Work with educational institutions, community organisations and industry, to develop a Lifelong Learning Programme, with eskills at its core, so as to improve worker employability in the digital economy. There will be a support framework of career guidance, financial incentives, flexible learning paths and intense use of elearning. Special emphasis will be assigned to vulnerable groups.

64. Update the Ecompetence Framework

Continue investing in the Standards for ITalent, as the eCompetence framework for providing defined, visible career streams for individuals in the ICT profession. The framework will be updated to reflect European and international developments standards and reflect feedback from stakeholders. Industry and educational institutions will be encouraged to adopt this eCompetence framework. The standards will be promoted as occupational guidelines with easy-to-use tools for professionals and aspiring practitioners to map their skills portfolio with career development.

65. Promote excellence in the professionalism of the local ICT workforce

Support mechanisms to develop excellence in the ICT workforce. The building blocks of the profession include the eCompetence framework, a foundational body of knowledge, ethics and education. Other supporting components will be explored, such as profiling tools, registers and portfolios for practitioners.

66. Quality assure for ICT educational programmes

Ensure the adoption of quality assurance processes in the delivery of ICT educational and training programmes so that the content and materials are in line with industry demands. This will be managed through the educational authorities.

67. Validate technology-related experience and education

Validate informal technology-related experience and education of ICT practitioners. This will be done jointly with the educational authorities and educational institutions.

68. Increase female participation

Identify the main challenges women face to participate in the ICT workforce. Incentives will be offered to employers to recruit more women.

69. Take informed action

Monitor demand for eskills. Qualitative and quantitative research will be shared with stakeholders for co-ordinated action when needed.

70. Eskills education in other critical sectors

Government will embark on a plan to internationalise the Maltese eskills educational sector to attract education tourism. This will capitalise on the success of the English-language educational tourism initiative. The plan will address the need to enhance Malta's attractiveness as an e-skills training destination, deal with deficiencies, and provide investment support for educational providers.

71. International ICT education programmes

Incentives will be provided for the creation of joint international ICT education programmes at vocational, academic and executive levels. These programmes will be carried out in co-operation with reputable international educational institutions.