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Student Placement Programme 2019

Publication Date: Jul 18, 2019
 


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Written by Jacquie Cremona Crossey


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The Student Placement Programme (SPP) is now in full swing of it’s 11th edition.  This programme allows participating students who are studying IT or related subjects from an MQF level 4 upwards to apply technical and theoretical knowledge acquired within a classroom environment to be applied in a hands-on practical working environment within Private Industry, Public Service, Public Sector and NGOs.


Over the past 5 years, our programme has seen over 1,600 students successfully gain placement through an investment of over €2.5 Million.  This year alone a further investment of €800,000 allocated for the sole purpose of the student salaries has enabled over 380 students to effectively have a placement experience over an 11-week period this summer.  These placements were spread across various sectors with 45 participating companies from within the Private Sector, 47 entities within the Public Service and Public Sector and 8 NGOs.

Last October MITA launched an Emerging Technologies Lab – an innovative space in which MITA employees, students and Public Sector employees can learn about and “Tinker” with a wide range of emerging technologies such as Blockchain & DLT, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing and 3D scanning, microcontrollers and IOT, hand tacking and gesture control technology and robotics.  Bearing this in mind and, in order to entice students in furthering their studies in these areas, this year’s SPP student summer event was focused on some of these emerging technologies.  The event was held on the of July 10th, at Esplora Science Centre in Kalkara.

SPP 3.JPGWhat would normally be an ordinary day at the office, was instead spent in a fun environment, using the technology with the purpose of exploring some of the potential of the various Emerging Technologies.

The Hon Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation addressed the students present, and encouraged them to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to them today.  He also told them that “The number of companies requiring employees having knowledge of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and virtual reality is always on the increase. This is an opportunity for you all and focusing your studies in these areas will surely contribute for you to have a successful career”.

SPP 5.JPGThe 127 students who attended the event had the opportunity to attend 5 workshops throughout the day, and actively engaged in the use of Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Cyber Security.  Since the students all had different levels of technical academic knowledge all the activities were game based however, these were very representative of each of the technologies experienced.  Giving clear indications of their potential adoption in the practical day to day life in the near future.  The games were pegged with each emerging technology and students took turns to go from one workshop to another to experience the different technologies. The Hon. Silvio Schembri took time to mingle with the students whilst they were doing the workshops and to get to know their experiences.

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One of our student participants had the following to say about her experience in the programme: “Surprisingly enough things which I did in my SPP experience last year helped me a lot when it came to start my first year at University.  I’m really excited to be working with the same company once again this year so that I can actually apply what I learnt at University in my work and see where this is going to take me for my future years at University.”

The winning team was awarded with tickets for the Delta Summit which will be held later this year in October.