Business education and human capital development: MCAST collaboration
Encouraging student to consider pursuing a career in industry through the following actions:
- Organising student visits, parents’ days to member companies
- Creating opportunities for speeches/presentations to be made by experienced people from industry to students
- Developing specific courses for the skills gaps within industry
The Diploma for Manufacturing Excellence
In 2008, the Federation of Industry (now Malta Chamber), together with MCAST launched the Diploma in Manufacturing Excellence catering for the current and foreseeable trends in the local manufacturing industry. This Diploma is an outcome of the partnership agreement that the College signed with the MFOI in November 2007. Amongst the other objectives of this agreement, the two bodies agreed to develop initiatives relating to the provision of industry-demanded programmes and courses.
This eleven unit Diploma, aiming at validating informal and non-formal learning and based on learning outcomes, is a hybrid of class work and hands-on mentored training, targeting employees in industry. It covers topics such as Manufacturing Strategy, Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, Materials in Manufacturing, Quality Management, Energy and Water Management, Lean Manufacturing, Financial Management, Product Development and Innovation, Supply Chain Management and Project Management.
The Manufacturing Diploma is directed to those employees in industry who have not followed a formal route of education and are interested to develop their skills and advance in the career ladder. It has been designed to match Level Four, according to the Malta Qualifications Council, and has been accredited by City & Guilds.
The course has also been approved by Malta Enterprise, whereby participants are eligible for tax credits. The Diploma is spread over two years and will be offered on a part-time basis.
A leaflet with further information can be found here.