The Malta Business Bureau collaborated with the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) and Agenzija Zghazagh in organising a high-profile round-table event that focused on bridging the communication between the private sector and youth workers/career advisors.
This is part of an Erasmus+ project entitled ‘Cross Over’, which is a Key Action 2 project aiming to foster cooperation between organisations from different countries in the fields of youth work and non-formal learning for young people.
The session explored in what ways youths’ attitude and soft skills determines the selection for a job. This was reflected particularly in the context of low skilled jobs that do not require a high level of education. The objectives of the event was for the private and youth sectors to share and exchange experiences in order to get a better understanding of current practices, as well as to set up a dialogue for long-term partnerships and future actions.
The session was moderated by PBS News Production and Current Affairs Manager, Mr Mario Xuereb. An introductory presentation was given by MBB CEO Joe Tanti and Agenzija Zghazagh CEO Miriam Theuma, who kicked off the discussion by outlining a number of issues experienced by the private and youth sectors. Mr Tanti referred to the fact that despite certain jobs were classified as low skilled work, the private sector expected to recruit individuals with some basic training, awareness of the importance of customer service, have a positive attitude and drive.
The Malta Chamber was represented by Mr Matthias Fauser, Chairman of the Manufacturers and Other Industries Economic Group, and the MHRA was represented by Ms Isabella Debattista, Chairman of the HR Committee. Other participants from the private sector came from the manufacturing, retail, waste management and hospitality sectors.
A number of recommendations emanating from the session included for the development of training programmes specifically designed for non-skilled workers wishing to enter the labour market; provide a better industry experience to youths particularly to secondary school students; and entice more students to work during summer to obtain experiences. All agreed that this dialogue should be continued and to involve further stakeholders for a more holistic approach.
As part of the ‘Cross Over’ Erasmus+ project, representatives from both sectors will now participate in a trans-national dialogue taking place in Latvia in December.