Over 400 students will be given the opportunity to extend their academic studies in IT on the workplace through MITA’s Student Placement Programme, which was launched by Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy Clayton Bartolo.
This is the twelfth year that MITA is collaborating with its employer partners in various sectors and has since been able to offer over 1,300 placements. This in effect, translates to an investment of over €1.7 million which have provided students meaningful exposure to the ICT and ICT-related industries.
Parliamentary Secretary Clayton Bartolo reconfirmed the government’s full backing of this programme as it is a means for the government to facilitate the creation of temporary work opportunities for students in the ICT sector. “The Student Placement Programme is proof of the government’s commitment to enabling our youth not only with a sound academic background but also with the confidence to enter the workforce in the future knowing that they are fully prepared to meet the challenges of the workplace today.”
Clayton Bartolo urged all employers from the private sector, public service/public sector and NGOs to participate in the programme, and to become an active part of this exciting journey, which is providing our youth with irreplaceable hands-on experience, all the while developing tomorrow’s future workforce.
MITA’s Executive Chairman Tony Sultana stated that given last year’s successful placement of 380 placements, this year MITA will do its utmost to continue improving this number through the constant support of MITA’s employer partners.
The executive chairman explained that the student placement programme is not exclusively open to those businesses which are directly linked to the use of ICT, but also to those who use ICT in the day to day running of their business such as the education, tourism, health, and manufacturing sectors.