Education and Work Conference

We feel that this topic is an integral part of Malta's future. For this reason we have sponsored the first 150 FREE tickets which were distributed amongst educators and industry professionals. Morgan Parnis, CEO Business Leaders

The conference is a not-to-be-missed bringing together heads of schools, co-ordinators, teachers and managers/employers to explore the current and future landscape skills gap.

This conference allows us to focus on two critical pillars in a person’s life – education and work. Often we are challenged with the lack of synchronisation between the two, with employers often highlighting that students are not being adequately prepared to handle the challenges of the 21st-century labour market.

The world we are living in shows us that the labour market is becoming more complex and the decisions young people make while in education are becoming ever more important for the type of future they will live. As Ewart Keep from the University of Oxford notes, we need to think of those choices as investment decisions, allowing an individual to build a profile which will ultimately optimise chances of good education to work transitions.

It is absolutely apparent that if we want to do anything to make transitions into an increasingly complex working world easier for young people, it is essential that high-quality career information advice and guidance is available. Without that, we might as well give up. It is that important. We need to help young people become far more discerning consumers of the provision available to them.

There is a real need to think about how more coherent pathways can be put in place for young people as they move through education and training and into the labour market.

For schools, this demands both an honesty about the challenges involved in gaining sustained employment and a new focus on providing young people with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the jobs market – how to present a good curriculum vitae, to interview well, to understand how recruitment actually works – and to bring with them the psychological capacity to navigate the churn of early labour market navigation.

Who should attend?


  • Directors/Assistant Directors within the Ministry of Education and supporting Ministries
  • Career Advisors
  • College Principals
  • Education Officers
  • Head/Assistant HODs (Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Post Secondary)


  • HR Managers
  • HR Executives
  • Recruitment Specialists
  • Recruitment Agencies
  • SME Owner/Managers


08:30-09:00 Welcome Coffee & Registration
Time: 08:30-09:00

Time to register, have some breakfast and network...
09:00-11:30 Part 1: Opening Address by Hon Evarist Bartolo MP, Keynote 1: by Dr. Mann followed by Panel Discussion
Time: 09:20-11:30
Speakers: Josef Said, Morgan Parnis, Hon. Evarist Bartolo MP, Dr. Anthony Mann

09:00-09:20 Opening Address by Hon. Evarist Bartolo MP - Minister for Education and Employment
09:20 - 10:30

Keynote 1: Dr Anthony Mann - Director of Policy and Research & Deputy

Chief Executive at the London-based charity, Education and Employers Taskforce

10:30 - 11:30

Panel Discussion

Dr. Anthony Mann
Dr Mario Cardona – Ministry of Education
Mr. Josef Said – MD Konnekt
Dr. Roselyn Borg - Advocate TwentyOne Law




11:30-12:15 Lunch Break
Time: 11:30-12:15

Time to fuel up and recharge...
12:15-13:45 Part 2: Keynote 2: Mr Clyde Caruana followed by Panel Discussion
Time: 12:15-13:45

12:15 – 13:00

Mr. Clyde Caruana, JobsPlus - The Skill Matching challenge

13:00 – 13:45

Panel 2 (Keynote + 4 speakers), Q&A

Mr. Clyde Caruana

Mr. Pierre Fenech, ITS

Ms. Kim Spiteri, Actavis

Ms. Christine Scholz, NCFHE

13:45 – 14:10 Caffeine Booster
Time: 13:45 – 14:10

Time to have some coffee and prepare for Part 3.
14:10–15:40 Part 3: Keynote 3: Mr. Joseph Farrugia, MEA
Time: 14:10–15:40

14:10 – 15:00

Mr. Joseph Farrugia, MEA

15:00 – 15:40

Panel 3 (Keynote + 4 speakers), Q&A

Mr. Joseph Farrugia, MEA

Prof. Sandro Caruana, UOM

Mr. Stephen Cachia, MCAST

Mr. Andrew Beane - CEO HSBC


Closure BLM

Guest Speakers

Hon. Evarist Bartolo MP
Minister for Education and Employment - Ministry of Education and Employment

Dr. Anthony Mann
Director of Policy and Research and Deputy Chief Executive - Education and Employers Taskforce

Dr. Mario Cardona
Director (Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers) - Ministry for Education and Employment

Josef Said
Managing Director - Konnekt

Clyde Caruana
Executive Chairperson - JobsPlus

Pierre Fenech
Executive Director - ITS

Christine Scholz
Research and Policy Manager - NCFHE

Stephen Cachia
Principal and CEO - MCAST

Joe Farrugia
Director General - Malta Employers Association

Andrew Beane
CEO - HSBC Malta

Prof. Sandro Caruana
Dean Faculty of Education - University of Malta

Dr. Roselyn Borg
Founder & Advocate - Twenty One Law

Kim Spiteri
HR Manager - Actavis


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