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Hundreds Grab the Opportunity

Publication Date: Aug 17, 2010
 
 
Blata l-Bajda, Malta – [ 17/08/2010 ]:  Hundreds of individuals have applied to follow one of the free National ICT Diplomas offered through the Second Step Training Programme. 
 
The Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) received a total of 375 applications for this programme through which participants will achieve a BTEC National Diploma in Information Systems, Information Technology, or Computing and Information Systems. 
 
Such a large turnout of applications clearly indicates that there is a substantial unsatisfied demand for further training in ICT skills amongst the local population. This confirms MITA’s plans in devising additional training programmes that seek to attract additional human capital to the sector from various sources, including the current workforce.
 
Initial data shows that a large percentage (80.1%) see part-time courses as a route to better employment and as a step into an ICT related career.  Even though ICT is still predominantly dominated by males, it is very encouraging to see that a third of applicants are females.  Such a high turnout, and the age distribution of applicants, is an indicator of a healthy outlook to lifelong learning in training programmes related to ICT. Of interest is that 31% of applicants are older than 40 years of age.
 
 
Second Step is organised by MITA and co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund and National Funds with a co-financing rate of 85% EU funds and 15% National Funds.  Training will be provided by a private training institution situated in Mosta. However, 40% of the course content will be followed online through a specifically designed online-training system.
 
MITA’s Chairman, Mr. Claudio Grech said “Such a positive turnout confirms the Agency’s vision for the local supply of ICT human capital. We believe that there is significant untapped supply of individuals out there that can be attracted to ICT professional training programmes to better meet industry’s demand. The challenge lies in developing innovative ICT curricula to attract this ‘dormant’ talent.”
 
Currently all applications are being evaluated through a pre-determined scoring system. This exercise is envisaged to span until the end of August. The Agency will then notify all applicants about their acceptance or otherwise into the Second Step training programme.  Applicants which might not have all the necessary requirements will need to undergo an aptitude test to determine whether they have the desired level to complete the training.
 
The Second Step training programme will commence by mid-September 2010.