An Employment and Training Corporation study has scientifically confirmed that in Malta if a person has a high level of education he finds work more easily and in line with his studies. During a conference it was pointed out the employability index will serve as a great tool for students to consider what subjects to study so that they find the required job they studied for. The employers’ association welcomed this development and said that the proposal, which it submitted, calls for the index to be a continuous process.
The first comprehensive study published by the ETC on the employability index in Malta is focused on whether youths aged between 18 and 26 years who graduated in 2012 and 2013 from University, MCAST and ITS are employed according to the study courses they took. ETC chairman Clyde Caruana said the results show that those with a degree have a better chance of finding jobs in their area of study than those who graduated with a certificate or a diploma.
The study shows that almost three quarters (74.1%) of University graduates in 2012 immediately found work in the area they studied for, while two years later, ETC said that in 2014 the rate increased to 79.3%. 6% of the graduates had higher qualifications of the requirements requested for the work they were doing.
At MCAST, the rate was 53.5% as many of those that qualified with a certificate and a diploma are not working in the area they studied in. The situation at ITS is that the majority of graduates find work in hospitality but after two years, the rate decreased to 81.3% as they changed their job for some reason.
At the University, the rate of students finding work in their area is high among graduates in medicine, ICT, engineering, sciences and education, but is low among those with a degree in arts, theology and European studies.
The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the study shows the government’s commitment to understand the situation in the education and employment market so that it can take more actions and improve the employability of the Maltese youth. He appealed for more students to be exposed to the labour environment so that when they end their studies they acquire, not only academic qualifications, but practice and experience. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that apart those who do not have the desired jobs, the government is striving to reduce the number of unqualified youths who face more difficulties in finding quality jobs.