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MITA Student Placement Programme

Publication Date: May 14, 2010
 
 
 
In today’s knowledge-based economy, the uptake in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) plays a vital role and therefore Government, industry and academia need to collaborate to fulfill the economic needs and skills base of the country. This was the key message of Hon. Dr. Austin Gatt, Minister for Information, Transport and Communication (MITC) when he launched the Student Placement Programme during a business event earlier today.
 
The Student Placement Programme, driven by the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), seeks to facilitate temporary job placements for ICT students during their summer recess. The Programme is a unique cost-effective opportunity for employers to source additional resources and ICT-related skills for a provisional period. Organisations benefit from the knowledge of new technologies, ideas and fresh enthusiasm that ICT students bring with them. They also have the opportunity to assess first-hand the abilities of these students in the context of longer term employment.
 
“Schemes similar to the Student Placement Programme will allow for future entrants to the workforce to be equipped with the right skills and qualifications together with the right level of experience” said Mr. Claudio Grech, Chairman of MITA.
 
 
This is because through this experience, students are able to apply their knowledge to real world situations and garner new skills which are not taught in the classroom. The initiative therefore promotes and supports quality work experience for the benefit of ICT students, companies and the economy as a whole.
 
This afternoon’s business event was an opportunity to present the programme to the industry, to facilitate the sharing of experiences between employers who have taken on students in the past and newcomers to this type of activity, and to showcase through a short feature, the skills and potential of a number of students who are currently following ICT-related courses. The event was a success as the feedback from employers was very positive and entities from various sectors of the industry were present.
 
Businesses and students interested in the Student Placement Programme are invited to fill in the online application forms available on www.mita.gov.mt/spp. Registrations will be accepted until Wednesday 26th May 2010. MITA will then match students with registered businesses and the latter will be able to hold one-to-one interviews with all suitable candidates. Further information may be requested by email on spp.mita@gov.mt or by calling 2599 2474 during office hours.