Ed­u­ca­tion and work: the miss­ing link con­fer­ence

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS & FINANCE - For more in­for­ma­tion about this event please visit www.busi­nesslead­er­s­malta.com/con­fer­ence2016 or email events@busi­nesslead­er­s­malta.com

The first con­fer­ence that brought ed­u­ca­tion and work on the same plat­form was held at The Westin Drag­o­nara Re­sort Ho­tel last Fri­day. Busi­ness Lead­ers Malta (BLM) was the brains be­hind this ini­tia­tive. BLM is a ful­lyfledged com­pany with dis­tinct brands and spe­cialises in mar­ket and em­ployee re­search, ac­cred­ited train­ing pro­grammes and con­fer­ence man­age­ment.

The con­fer­ence brought to­gether ex­perts from the field of ed­u­ca­tion and work. Over the years there has been a lack of syn­chro­ni­sa­tion be­tween the fields of ed­u­ca­tion and work with em­ploy­ers of­ten high­light­ing that stu­dents are not be­ing ad­e­quately pre­pared to han­dle the chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tury labour mar­ket. The world we are liv­ing in shows us that the labour mar­ket is be­com­ing more com­plex and the de­ci­sions young peo­ple make while in ed­u­ca­tion are be­com­ing ever more im­por­tant for the kind of fu­ture they will have.

BLM de­cided to ad­dress this head on by or­gan­is­ing a one-day con­fer­ence bring­ing key ex­perts to dis­cuss a num­ber of themes from which the coun­try will be in a po­si­tion to take ac­tion. The main speaker of this event was Dr An­thony Mann, Direc­tor of Pol­icy & Re­search and Deputy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive at the Lon­don­based Char­ity, Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ers Task­force, who has vast In­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in the area.

The main ar­eas dis­cussed in­cluded skills gaps, the rel­e­vance of ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes to the world of work, ap­pren­tice­ship schemes and the need for in­dus­try and the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tors to come closer to­gether. BLM aims to pub­lish the main de­lib­er­a­tions from this con­fer­ence, so that the ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties and pri­vate in­dus­try have a good ba­sis on which to work.

Mor­gan Par­nis, CEO – Busi­ness Lead­ers Malta stated: “BLM chan­nels all the en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and in­vest­ment it can muster into ev­ery con­fer­ence. Our goal is to hold a mean­ing­ful event that is as valu­able as it is mem­o­rable. We work re­lent­lessly to line up speak­ers with in­spir­ing sto­ries, knowl­edge, and in­sight­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. The peo­ple who step on to our stage are ex­perts, en­trepreneurs and ex­ec­u­tives with re­mark­able ca­reers. They bring pearls of wis­dom and ac­counts of per­se­ver­ance. We are thrilled that this event has at­tracted over 200 del­e­gates from var­i­ous sec­tors of so­ci­ety. This au­gurs well for the fu­ture where we aim to un­der­take ini­tia­tives that align ed­u­ca­tion and work. It is only in this way that the miss­ing link is un­rav­elled.”

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