The European Gaming Institute of Malta (EGIM) has officially been launched following an agreement between the Malta Gaming Authority and MCAST.
The EGIM is a joint venture between the MGA and MCAST aimed at developing training and educational programmes for the gaming industry, nurturing more talent within the gaming sector and creating long-term careers by means of educational programmes which will enhance the sustainability and growth of the workforce within the industry. As of 2018, MCAST will also be offering two Master’s degrees related to this sector.
Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo stressed the importance of bridging the gap between education and employment. “This is a perfect example of how educators can work closer with employers so that the requisite skills are developed in such a way so as to ensure success on the job.”
The President of the MCAST board Silvio de Bono said that the agreement is a reaction to the industry’s demand. “The setup of the EGIM is the cornerstone of tomorrow’s workforce in this digital revolution,” Mr de Bono said.
“The launch of the EGIM was a priority from the beginning of this legislature,” said Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri. “The industry is facing challenges such as skills mismatches and a short labour supply. As a Government, we intend to address these issues.”
MGA Chairman Joseph Cuschieri said that the project had been in the pipeline for more than two years. “This partnership between MGA and MCAST will provide the right quality in educational programmes and will address the skills gap and the supply of more talented individuals to join the growing gaming sector.”
More information is available on www.egim.com.mt