|Does an explicit strategy document exist?||Yes||http://www.mca.org.mt/networked-strategies eSkills Alliance Malta – Strategic Plan: https://www.mita.gov.mt/page.aspx?pageid=197 MITA Strategic Plan (refer to Page 27): https://www.mita.gov.mt/MediaCenter/PDFs/1_MITA%20Strategic%20Plan%202009-2012%20(web).pdf|
|Is there funding for digital literacy/e-skills projects and programmes (including EU funding)?||Yes||The Government of Malta has central funds that are ear-marked for the implementation of its ICT Human Capital programme (e-skills projects). These funds are managed by MITA and the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications. MITA has also applied for ESF 2007-2013 co-financing and and has secured the 2nd Step training programme https://www.mita.gov.mt/Page.aspx?pageid=610 MITA is also currently working on another ESF co-financed project proposal that will provide further training opportunities. See also http://www.mca.org.mt/ictforall|
|Are there special programmes encouraging women, older workers ethnic minorities and other target groups to use ICT?||Yes||The project proposal mentioned above, currently being finalised with the Maltese ESF Managing Authority, seeks to provide training opportunities to women and vulnerable groups in society. If successful the training programme will commence in 2013. The Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) offers basic ICT training (EQF Level 3 or below) for workers and/or other individuals in Malta. The ETC manages the Employability Programme http://etc.gov.mt/Category/3/6/invest-in-training.aspx launched in May 2009 and is ESF co-financed. Short courses for EQF Level 3 and below are available, whilst Training Grants were available in 2011 for courses of EQF Level 5 and 6. The programme targets all actively employed, inactive, or registered unemployed individuals able to work. See also http://www.mca.org.mt/ictforall|
|Are there special programmes targeting employees (especially older workers and SMEs)?||Yes||3 main programmes can be considered in this regard. The Employability Programme managed by ETC (mentioned above). Another programme that was available was also managed by the ETC under the Training Aid Framework http://etc.gov.mt/etc-portal/Page/55/taf-employers.aspx. This programme enabled employers to apply for funds to conduct training as required by the company – this included ICT training. The budget has been fully allocated and the programme is temporarily closed. A third programme that is available, directly to individuals this time, is the Get Qualified scheme currently managed by the Malta Enterprise http://www.maltaenterprise.com/en/support/get-qualified This scheme provides grants in the form of tax credits of up to 80% on the course costs. See also http://www.mca.org.mt/ictforall and http://www.epitome.eu/|
|Is ICT being integrated in classroom teaching and vocational training?||Yes||The use of ICTs within the primary years of education in state schools is widespread – whereby personal computers (PCs) and Interactive Whiteboards are available in classes. The use of ICTs within the secondary years of education is less widespread because even though there are extensive Interactive Whiteboards available, PCs are only available in labs and special rooms. All teachers in state schools are equipped with a laptop. In the coming years all students, educators and school administrators within primary and secondary schools will have access to a virtual learning platform.|
|Are there programms offering ICT skills trainings in telecentres, public libraries and other informal environments?||Yes||MCA runs the ICTforall programme that provides basic ICT training in community centres -http://www.mca.org.mt/ictforall/ictforall-courses|
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