3.11 Current debates and reforms
From the Entrepreneurial perspective, the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has in place the Malta Entrepreneurship Center (MEC) which was launched in 2014 with the aim of providing MCAST students and alumni with the opportunity to transform their creative and innovative ideas into profitable and sustainable business ventures. A number of alumni have been provided not only with a space where they can develop their start-up business ideas, but are also being mentored throughout their experiential learning endeavour. The center is also being utilised to host adhoc entrepreneurship activities for students and interested individuals.
It is also pertinent to note that MCAST has also consolidated the entrepreneurship-related tuition that students receive. Indeed, Entrepreneurship has been introduced as a key skill at across the Foundation, Technical and University Colleges. Students are not only receiving knowledge in relation to the typical operations of an enterprise but are also being trained to think like an entrepreneur and foster an entrepreneurial mindset. They are encouraged to turn their ideas to business proposals which are subsequently evaluated. Promising ideas are nurtured and developed further within the MEC.Ongoing Debates
At present, with reference to labour market initiatives targeted at young people, from Jobsplus’ end there are no new planned initiatives or reforms to existing initiatives.