Over the last year staff from the University of Leicester Centre for Labour Market Studies have been working with the Maltese Employment and Training Corporation (ETC), the training arm of the Maltese Government, to update training provision in Malta.
This collaboration has led to a number of exciting developments, including a partnership with the Foundation for Human Resources Development (FHRD) to make available the full range of the Leicester Centre's training and human resources courses in Malta. The FHRD – a sister body to ETC - was set up by Parliamentary Statute in 1990 specifically to promote training and human resource development in Malta.
The ETC has also replaced its National Certificate of Training and Development with the Centre for Labour Market Studies' Certificate in Training Practices from January this year. Any Maltese citizen accepted on the programme is entitled to government funding of £300.
In addition, the Centre for Labour Market Studies will be invited to provide input into the forthcoming Maltese NVQ system on Training and Development Standards.
Further collaborative projects such as research into training and development needs among SMEs in Malta are currently under discussion.
Proffessor David Ashton, of the centre for Labour Market Studies said
"This agreement with the Maltese government marks another significant step in the growing international reputation of the Centre for Labour Market Studies. We are proud to be associated with the modernisation of the Maltese human resource development system. The intention is that CLMS will provide access to recent international research as well as advise and help in implementing new systems of competence based training."
The University of Leicester Centre for Labour Market Studies has recently been prominent in Malta on a number of occasions, including
* Professor Ashton gave the keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Employment and Training Corporation on "Lifelong Learning, the concept and its applications" in October.
* In the same month, Dr Alan Felstead provided a paper on "Training and worker mobility" at a conference organised by the EU and the Ministry of Economic Services.
* Dr Jason Hughes also produced a paper at the FHRD Annual Conference ,on "Emotional intelligence and the learning organisation."
The Centre for Labour Market Studies is one of the leading research centres for training and labour market studies in Europe. It also provides a range of postgraduate courses, delivered through distance learning, to professionals in the field of human resource development worldwide. In addition it provides research and consultancy for both international organisations and national governments.
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