Guidance System in Malta – Introduction
“Career guidance refers to services and activities intended to assist individuals of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers” (OECD, 2004)
In Malta there are a number of institutions which offer career guidance and information about one’s career choices. The audience ranges from primary to secondary and post-secondary students to adult.
The Student Services Department within the Directorate for Educational Services employs a number of career guidance professionals besides guidance teachers who provide their services within State Colleges in both primary and secondary schools. Church and Independent Schools together with Post-Secondary Institutions also offer career guidance to students in an individual and/or group setting. The main aim is that of empowering students to make the right career choices and to develop the necessary skills to prepare them for the world of work.
The Employment and Training Corporation, through employment advisors, offer job placements as well as career guidance to adults. However there are also a number of private employment agencies which focus mainly on job placements.
The main providers for the training of career guidance practitioners In Malta are the Centre for Labour Studies in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, University of Malta. As from October 2016 a Master’s Degree Course in Lifelong Career Guidance and Development will be offered to individuals wishing to further their education in the area.
The Malta Career Guidance Association (MCGA) is the national guidance association in Malta which aims to promote the delivery of high quality career guidance services. There are also various institutions in the field of research which gather important statistics in areas such as school leavers, the employment sector and the labour market.