31 July, 2021

The Malta Chamber believes in the importance of having a holistic discussion on inclusivity


In a meeting with Minister for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing, Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, President of The Malta Chamber, Marisa Xuereb said, “It is crucial that we emphasise on the importance of having a holistic discussion on inclusivity by including mental health into the discussion.”

President Xuereb added that it is important for employers to know and understand the necessities of their employees to be able to understand how best to help them.

Minister Farrugia Portelli, together with Permanent Secretary Mr Matthew Vella Chairperson of the Autism Advisory Council Mr Alistair De Gaetano, and Ms Edwina Gouder Senior Manager at the Ministry presented the recently launched Malta National Autism Strategy 2021-2030 to The Malta Chamber.

The Malta Chamber provided its feedback and emphasised on:

1. The importance of promoting programmes such as Vocational Assessment, Support, Training & Employment VASTE that benefit both employers and job seekers.
2. To further facilitate and improve the process of preparing employers to offer productive and long-term inclusive employment.
3. The introduction of Employment Support Workers to facilitate a smoother transition into employment.

President Xuereb was joined by CEO Dr Marthese Portelli, The Malta Chamber’s representative on the Malta Business Disability Forum, chaired by the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) Mr Tonio Axisa, Mr Shawn Pisani and Policy Development Executive Ms Julia Aquilina.

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