Patrick Cachia, Managing Director of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Malta Operation and Chairman of the Malta Chamber’s Manufacturers and other Industries Economic Group called upon manufacturing operators as well as the Malta Chamber to continue working to bridge the gap between education and manufacturing.
“Our manufacturing industry is facing a number of challenges, not least one of the most important is the lack of employees in terms of quantities and quality. This as we know, is an issue which is being faced across the whole economic spectrum,” he told the Parliament for Enterprises event, organised by the Malta Chamber. “Industry is not waiting for the authorities to take action on their behalf.”
Mr Cachia said that together with Malta Enterprise, the Manufacturers and other Industries Economic Group had recently launched a manufacturing campaign aimed at promoting careers in Malta’s manufacturing sector called ‘MAKE IT’, showing the numerous rewarding career paths in industry while also portraying the modern and advanced realities of manufacturing operations in Malta in order to reverse incorrect negative perceptions surrounding industry in general.
“Further to this we are collaborating closely with the Ministry of Education and Employment (MEDE) to offer work-based learning opportunities and exposure to Industry to Form 3 and Form 4 students. Numerous students are, as we speak, visiting a number of manufacturing operations and learning about the diversified world that makes up our industry. “
Last but not least, Mr Cachia said that the Group was collaborating with MEDE to offer short placements during the summer months to science teachers in their respective fields.
“The programme entitled GO4Industry teacher internship is in its second year running and has been an overall success. The programme is aimed at exposing teachers of science subjects in secondary schools to the realities, opportunities and cutting-edge technologies in Malta’s industry in order for them to be more knowledgeable and better positioned to guide their teaching and their students towards their future careers.”