On the 13th March 2019, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri launched the National eSkills Strategy which runs between 2019 and 2021 and aims to, amongst others, address the need for existing and new digital skills that shall be required by nearly all jobs in the medium term was.
Speaking at the launch of the strategy, Mr Schembri said that the IT sector had become more and more important, with all business activites requiring some level of technology integration into their everyday running.
The National eSkills Strategy 2019-2021 gives strong strategic direction and trajectory, providing a set of recommendations with possible initiatives that Malta can undertake. Key recommendations include the adoption of a rolling strategy, training for SMEs in terms of applied emerging technologies for economic growth, developing local talent, focusing on the youth, shifting young people towards being participative rather than just consumers of technology, and assessing digital skills in education, amongst other relevant recommendations.
GRTU's Vice President (Finance & Admin), Marcel Mizzi was appointed as a member of the Strategic Consultative Committee. The committee was created to provide feedback to Government regarding changes to the strategy as well as assisting in the uptake of the intiatives that the Strategy will include.