Career Prospects Conference held in Gozo

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A Consultation Conference on Career Prospects in Gozo was held for the first time by the Gozo Council for Education and Vocational Training, in collaboration with the University Gozo Centre, on Friday at the Grand Hotel, Ghajnsielem.

The Conference, whose aim is to improve and develop educational standards in schools, kicked off with a briefing of a report on “Career Prospects in Gozo”, followed by group discussions on prospects for Sixth Formers preparing for University, for MCAST students and related vocations, for early school leavers as well as for those with poor qualifications.

The Gozo Council for Education and Vocational Training was set up by the Ministry for Gozo to facilitate more effective coordination between those who teach and those who employ as well as to offer their valuable insights and suggestions on the subject. The Council includes representatives from the educational and the business sectors, including members of the Gozo Business Chamber and the Gozo Tourism Association.

Addressing the conference, the Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, stressed the importance of continuing with initiatives to further develop the education sector, and said that this sector is inherently linked to employment and career prospects.

Minister Debono said that today?s Gozitan youths were presented with a variety of opportunities, citing the number of students presently reading for a University degree in Malta that has risen to 800 students while more than 600 Gozitans graduated in the last three years.

Minister Debono also mentioned various projects carried out by the Ministry for Gozo in relation to the education sector, including the offering of a number of courses funded by European Union funds, through which 600 Gozitans benefited directly. These courses were provided in addition to those courses funded by national funds held at the University Gozo Centre, at the two MCAST centres, at the ITS Centre, the Employment and Training Centre and the Wistin Camilleri Gozo Centre for Arts and Crafts.

Other initiatives included the offering of schemes in Gozo aimed towards boosting human resources development, and projects such as the setting up of the tourism training facility in Qala, the Crafts Incubation Centre in Ghajnsielem, and the embellishment of the Ta? Dbiegi Crafts Village in San Lawrenz.

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