Reducing skills-mismatch in young people through working with local stakeholders to develop and deliver the employer-led Get Into programme in Malta.
Unemployment rates in Malta are generally comparable to the UK at around 5.7% however due to the limitation of the current system, most jobseekers are not currently exposed to the necessary education and training programmes in order to make them compatible with current vacancies. In turn, this adds the propensity of jobseekers to become long-term unemployed. Malta has a relatively high share of long-term unemployed as a ratio of the total unemployed of 45%. Malta ranks third from bottom in the EU in terms of the difficulties employers report in recruiting people to vacancies suggesting a significant mismatch in education and training and employer needs.
Responding to youth needs in Malta, the President of Malta, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, recently founded The President’s Trust, which aims to support disadvantaged children and young people in Malta. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in May 2015 between The President’s Trust and Prince’s Trust International, creating a framework to exchange good practice and explore how Prince’s Trust programmes could be adapted to help young people in Malta.