Malta needs to attract more young people into agriculture – Minister

DOI - Pierre Sammut

Evarist Bartolo, the Minister for Education and Employment has said that Malta needs to increase the number of young people working in agriculture.

He explained that having more young people working in this industry supported the sustainable development of the Maltese islands.

Minister Bartolo made these comments during the signing of a new partnership agreement with the various sectors of the agribusiness industry and secondary schools, in order to create classroom studies and outdoor hands-on training.

The latest agreement will be introduced in the scholastic year 2019 and follows previous engagements beginning in 2015, which sees the partnering between agribusiness and state and non-state schools. The partnership allows for students between the years of Form 3 – 5 studying SEC qualifications accredited by the MATSEC board.

There are understood to be 74 students currently enrolled in SEC Agribusiness qualifications.

Marking the event, Permanent Secretary Frank Fabri said, “today, after reaching an agreement with the hotel industry and tying up the hospitality curriculum with the industry, we are celebrating another step in the right direction, that of reaching agreement with the industry of agribusiness. This is part of the Ministry’s plan in giving value to the learning experience in a lifelong context. That is why the new syllabi are being consulted both with teachers and the industry, all 9 VET subjects will be linked with the industry, there is investment of millions of euros in the new state-of-the-art VET and applied workshops in our secondary schools, and the introduction of 4 new VET subjects and 9 applied subjects in our secondary schools. Through ‘My Journey’, there will be parity of esteem between all subjects and all programmes will be inclusive and equitable.”