131 new stu­dents in course de­signed for print­ing in­dus­try

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

A signed agree­ment be­tween the Malta Col­lege of Arts, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and Crane Cur­rency ce­ments the two’s fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion to train and equip stu­dents, ap­pren­tices, and em­ploy­ees in meet­ing and ex­ceed­ing the cur­rent and fu­ture de­mands of the se­cu­rity print­ing in­dus­try.

This new course in­cor­po­rated a sub­stan­tial amount of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence within in­dus­try, which has so far 131 stu­dents reg­is­tered, 78 of which are fol­low­ing the day course, while 53 are fol­low­ing the course on an evening ba­sis. This course was launched in Jan­uary.

MCAST and Crane Cur­rency will be col­lab­o­rat­ing to sup­port Crane Cur­rency in its drive to train and up-skill its work­force to be able to meet and ex­ceed the cur­rent and fu­ture de­mands of the se­cu­rity print­ing in­dus­try, to de­velop train­ing pack­ages that are rel­e­vant to Crane Cur­rency to help address its in­ter­nal train­ing needs, and to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for the up­take of MCAST ap­pren­tices at Crane Cur­rency.

The MoU was signed by Dr Sil­vio De Bono Pres­i­dent of the Board of Gov­er­nors, Malta Col­lege of Arts, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and by Vice-Pres­i­dent of Hu­man Re­sources, Crane Cur­rency Scott Smith, in the pres­ence of the Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­nesses Chris Car­dona.

Min­is­ter Car­dona, dur­ing the cer­e­mony, noted the eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion the na­tion is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, and the pos­i­tive out­look as also pre­dicted by Fitch Rat­ing’s just last week, which has given rise to new sec­tors and de­mands on our work­force. Main­tain­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and em­ploy­a­bil­ity in the face of such changes is es­sen­tial to en­sure con­tin­ued eco­nomic growth.

Min­is­ter Car­dona en­cour­aged the di­rect par­tic­i­pa­tion of em­ploy­ers and work­ers to­gether, with the gov­ern­ment and its agen­cies which can help the rel­e­vance of train­ing and our work­force’s pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“Sus­tain­able and bal­anced eco­nomic growth re­quire the ad­dress­ing of strate­gic is­sues as well as prac­ti­cal ar­range­ments. Events like to­day guar­an­tee that suc­cess­ful skills poli­cies are con­structed and build com­pe­ten­cies for the fu­ture needs of our econ­omy,” said the min­is­ter.

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