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MITA launches Student Placement Programme 2014

Publication Date: May 12, 2014
 



Blata l-Bajda, Malta [12/05/2014] The Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Competitiveness and Economic Growth has launched the Student Placement Programme (SPP).  The programme addresses employers seeking temporary additional resources competent in ICT and ICT-related skills.  
 
Tony Sultana, MITA’s Executive Chairman, addressed a number of employers and educational representatives and stated “The SPP provides a great opportunity for students to gain relevant work experience. MITA facilitates this experience by incentivising employers to offer temporary work placements.” The Programme, continued Mr Sultana, is open for entities operating in the ICT sector and other organisations which use technology but operate in the tourism, education, health, and manufacturing sectors (for example).  “We believe that local firms should embrace ICT to transform themselves into digital enterprises to strengthen their competitiveness and export-orientation.  Every firm in Malta can tap into the SPP and benefit from an eager upcoming workforce that will actively participate in providing innovative ideas.”
 
Government will be co-financing 50% of the salary costs for the private sector and 100% for public sector placements. For the first time, the programme is also open for NGOs to participate as employers whereby Government will help these organisations by co-financing 100% of the students’ salary.
 
The event was also addressed by Hon Dr José Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth. Hon Dr Herrera said that Government’s vision and commitment for a digital economy is anchored in the ‘Digital Malta’ as the national technology strategy 2014-2020 launched a few weeks ago by the Hon Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat. “As Government we are keen to make a difference through technology in areas such as employment, industry and small businesses. On a national context, ICT can empower citizens and transform the way Government operates.”
 
“Government is seeking to provide a positive experience to an ever increasing number of participants. Hands-on experiences and soft skills development are vital for the development of today’s students who will, very soon, be tomorrow’s workforce. I therefore encourage all employers to truly give this Programme some thought and participate.” said Hon Herrera.  
 
Hon Herrera pointed out that MITA’s SPP has been recognised as a best practice by the European Commission. As part of the Digital Agenda, the Commission is leading a multi-stakeholder Grand Coalition to tackle the ICT skills gap and the several hundred of thousands of unfilled ICT-related vacancies.  MITA is a partner of this Coalition and will work with several European entities to help them implement and run similar programmes. The event was also attended by Hon Silvio Schembri.
 
SPP runs for a 12-week period between July and September 2014. Students work for 30 hours per week and from past placements they are typically assigned tasks related to three areas, namely business analysis, networks and software/applications development. The rate of remuneration is €5.66 per hour.  
 
Employers wishing to participate in this programme should apply online. MITA will match the demand against supply on the basis of the employers’ requirements and will send participating employers a list of potential candidates. Employers can then conduct interviews with the students and select the students they wish to engage.
 
Students, following an ICT or ICT-related course (equivalent to MQF Level 4 and higher) at University, MCAST or at a private training provider, must apply for a summer placement by Sunday, 25th May 2013. Students who are awaiting the results of their ICT or ICT-related A Level or Intermediate or Diploma qualification can also apply. Student applications are only accepted online
 
Employers and students can apply online through an electronic form available from www.mita.gov.mt/spp.
 
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