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The ESF in Malta

Malta is investing in improving and better matching education and training systems and workforce skills to meet the changing demands of the labour market. ESF support is also benefiting disadvantaged groups, such as those with disabilities, women, children and older people.

Across Europe and in Malta the ESF is supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and job opportunities for all EU citizens. It is doing this by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people, disadvantaged groups and all those seeking a job. Tens of thousands of ESF projects are active in Europe’s cities, towns, rural communities and neighbourhoods. They are opening doors to skills, to work, to qualifications and to a more inclusive society for all Europeans.

Better job prospects

Investing in human capital is a top priority for Malta, with the focus on helping people to enter and remain in the labour market and to improve their skills. ESF projects are promoting sustainable and quality jobs and supporting workers’ mobility. Special attention is being paid to improving the employment prospects of jobseekers, the economically inactive, and women, as well as integrating young people into the labour market. For example, an ESF co-funded project is supporting both employment and social inclusion by training nurses in a very large residential home in the latest techniques in caring for the elderly and disabled.

Centre of attention

The country’s investment in human capital includes improving citizens’ health and well-being and supporting the active inclusion of vulnerable groups. This involves helping people with disabilities, children, women, and the elderly, and combating poverty and discrimination. On Malta’s Gozo Island, ESF funding has enabled the LEAP project to open a new special development centre providing training and creating occupational opportunities for disadvantaged groups.

Back to school

Malta is taking measures to improve its education and training systems in order to better equip jobseekers and those already in work to meet changing labour market needs. It is funding initiatives at all levels from early earning through to tertiary and vocational education and lifelong learning. There is a specific focus on reducing the number of early school leavers and providing a better standard of higher education.