Malta has just launched the ProCrew project, which is aimed at providing the necessary skills and qualifications related to careers on superyachts.
ProCrew will cover careers varying from deck operations to engineering to hospitality services. It is expected to offer practical experience at sea but also includes blended learning towards the continuous improvement of skills while one moves ahead with their career.
ProCrew was set up through a collaboration between MCAST, the City of Glasgow College and the Malta Maritime Forum, with financing from the European Fund for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Minister Ian Borg spoke about the importance of the maritime sector for our country as today the Maltese register is first in Europe and sixth in the world, a status other member states aspire to.
The minister said that Malta also registered very positive results when it comes to the registration of luxury yachts which are larger than 24 metres, where by the end of March more than 750 yachts were registered under the Maltese flag, a record increase of 90 per cent over five years ago.
"We are speaking about a sector which is a pillar for the economy, which generates a substantial amount of ancillary investment while also generating substantial income in foreign coin, a sector which is also generating several jobs for hundreds of people in several roles.”
“And even in this industry, one can never stress enough the importance of human resources for our country which has an island economy that is dependent on connectivity, tourism and services. Today is therefore another important step to continue working towards growth in the maritime sector,” Dr Borg said, while thanking all entities and authorities for this initiative, including MCAST, Transport Malta and the Maritime Directorate.