MCAST, Ene­malta col­lab­o­ra­tion for train­ing, schol­ar­ships and in­tern­ships in the en­ergy sec­tor

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

MCAST and Ene­malta plc launched a five-year col­lab­o­ra­tion to pro­vide spe­cialised train­ing for the com­pany’s em­ploy­ees as well as re­search, in­tern­ships and schol­ar­ship in the en­ergy sec­tor for the Col­lege’s stu­dents.

Last week, MCAST and Ene­malta signed a col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment to build a for­mal frame­work of col­lab­o­ra­tion through re­search projects and schol­ar­ships. The agree­ment was signed at the In­sti­tute for Ap­plied Sciences, MCAST Main Cam­pus, in the pres­ence of Evarist Bar­tolo, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment.

Through this col­lab­o­ra­tion MCAST will pro­vide its sup­port and ex­per­tise to help de­velop, ac­credit and de­liver rel­e­vant train­ing pro­grammes re­lated to power and en­ergy sys­tems for the con­tin­ued pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of Ene­malta plc’s tech­ni­cal em­ploy­ees.

This train­ing will help ad­dress Ene­malta’s de­vel­op­ment of a na­tional knowl­edge base in the de­vel­op­ment, main­te­nance and up­grad­ing of the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

MCAST and Ene­malta will also col­lab­o­rate on joint re­search pro­grammes to en­cour­age in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment in the en­ergy sec­tor. Through the agree­ment, Ene­malta plc will pro­vide MCAST stu­dents with “on-the-job” train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for ap­pren­tice­ships and in­tern­ships. In ad­di­tion, Ene­malta is also sup­port­ing MCAST in the ac­qui­si­tion of spe­cialised train­ing and re­search equip­ment for lec­tur­ers, re­searchers and stu­dents. The com­pany will also pro­vide an­nual schol­ar­ships for post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in sub­jects di­rectly linked to the en­ergy sec­tor. The agree­ment also pro­vides MCAST with the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing Ene­malta plc’s fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing its elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion in­stal­la­tions for re­search and train­ing pur­poses.

MCAST will of­fer Ene­malta high­qual­ity train­ing pro­grammes in the sub­ject ar­eas re­quested and will pro­vide the the­o­ret­i­cal and aca­demic tu­tors to ful­fil im­ple­men­ta­tion of agreed train­ing pro­grammes.

MCAST and Ene­malta shall also en­ter into dis­cus­sions on the es­tab­lish­ment of the Na­tional Grid Power Sys­tems Re­search Cen­tre as part of the MCAST En­ergy Re­search Group and re­lated fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, use of fa­cil­i­ties and schol­ar­ships.

The MoU was signed by Dr Sil­vio De Bono, pres­i­dent MCAST Board of Gov­er­nors and Ing. Fredrick Az­zopardi, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Ene­malta plc in the pres­ence of Evarist Bar­tolo, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment.

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